Membership

Professional Association of Educational Designers and Technologists

At the core of Rockcliffe is a dedication to the development of knowledge creation and the pursuit of innovation within the educational field. Membership in Rockcliffe signifies that you are serious about service to the community, professional development, and scholarly research. It highlights to employers, colleagues, and students a dedication to the pursuit of teachcraft using a balanced approach between pedagogical principles and enabling technology.

Good thinks happen
with Rockcliffe membership

Rockcliffe members benefit by access to valuable national and international resources that help improve your ability to demonstrate professional excellence with a clinical practice specialization in virtual technologies and just-in-time methodologies.

Working collaboratively with a network of peers spanning a wide variety of learner types and educational disciplines, Rockcliffe membership will help transform the outcomes, reach, and effectiveness of your educational expertise.

Benefits

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Keeping Technically Current

Making time to remain technically proficient in an age of runaway innovation is one more activity in a long list of things educators need to keep abreast. Rockcliffe members get ahead of the curve through access to spotlight on relevant and timely topics.

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Professional Networking

Strengthening relationships, raising your profile, accessing opportunities, and keeping on top of new trends in education is far more effective when you have a good network. Rockcliffe members communicate through dedicated forums, symposiums, social media and other synchronous and asynchronous methods.

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Continuing Education

Continuing education contributes to better promotion opportunities, higher wages, improved marketability, increased effectiveness, and overall career satisfaction. As part of a considered lifelong learning plan, Rockcliffe members benefit from educational opportunities not found elsewhere.

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Community & Volunteer Opportunities

Contributing to volunteer and community projects provides opportunities to solve common problems, strengthen communities, improve relationships, the ability to connect to others, and generally help to transform both our own lives and those around us. Rockcliffe members that contribute to educational community programs make a lasting impact.

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Career Resources and Recognition

Recognition for contributions to educational clinical and scholarly practices requires due diligence in the collection of achievements for evaluation and review. Rockcliffe members get access to tools and techniques that contribute to the successful preparation of tenure review materials.

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Collaborative Programs

Rockcliffe members develop opportunities to share collaborative programs and experiences around the world. Educational programs, science fair projects, exhibits, research and more. Virtualization allows for connections that would otherwise not be possible in a traditional classroom.

Types of Membership

Social

Want to help out but don’t feel you need access to all the professional resources and career resources? Become a social member and help out with community and volunteer opportunities.

Professional

Professional members get access to Rockcliffe virtual environments and shared resources for experimentation, workshops, and professional workshops, and much more.

Become a Social Member

Become a Professional Member

Institutional

Institutional members get access to special discount pricing for professional members, products, and service offerings on collaborative projects including research programs and game design.

Affiliate

Affiliate membership is similar to professional membership except it is meant for non-educational professionals who wish to partner on collaborative and volunteer programs as a key supplier of products or services.

Contact Us to Inquire

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Research

Rockcliffe University Library System

Welcome to the Rockcliffe University Library System. This web site is devoted to the collection and dissemination of literature reviews, bibliographies, taxonomies, abstracts, informed opinion and summaries. The purpose is to both inform about, and streamline, the literature review process for peer review through the effective use of tagging, cross-referencing, mind-mapping, and theme reading thereby reducing the time it takes to bring new research and ideas to light. This library ties into other mechanisms for search and retrieval of information including other digital collections, open access sources, deep web research and techniques, and the Rockcliffe Knowledge Base Project.

Peer Reviewed

All materials submitted to this wiki are peer reviewed and rated based on recommendations of the Peer Review Committee. Wiki entries which achieve a score of 80 or better are considered for publication in the Journal of Virtual Studies which publishes on a quarterly basis (Mar, Jun, Sep, and Dec).

Events

Rockcliffe University Consortium events covers a wide arrangement of special events, workshops, symposiums, and conferences.

Special Events
When in Second Life…
The Centre Cannot Hold – A fundraising event to help Rockcliffe with needed funding in order to submit our application for accreditation to IACET. This game is run in Second Life and will test your ability to overcome challenges both real and virtual in order to save the day.

Live Music at the George C. Dove Theater every Friday evening.

World of Teachcraft
Rockcliffe’s World of Teachcraft covers a variety of topics in how to use gaming and simulation as part of collaboration, knowledge sharing, and team building. Check Rockcliffe’s calendar of events for what is coming up.

Symposiums
Lectures and discussion forums on various topics from environmental issues, to chemistry, physics, law, knowledge emergence, and other topics. Check Rockcliffe’s calendar of events for what is coming up.

Conferences
Distributed Agile Worlds Conference – 76% of teams for project management are distributed. We are pleased to announce our fifth conference on Distributed Agile Teams this October, 2016. This year we have some great speakers that are leaders in both the Agile industry and also the distributed collaboration community.

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 10th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. March 29 – April 1, 2017. 2017 Theme : Legacy. More information coming in September.

Journals

Rockcliffe provides a number of online peer review journals which provide current information into the fields of knowledge emergence, knowledge transfer, cognitive sciences, and their impacts within 3d virtual environments.

All Rockcliffe University Consortium journals are published via open source at http://ejournal.urockcliffe.com

Current publications include:

Journal of Virtual Studies

Editorial Committee

To become a member of the editorial committee as either a section editor, layout, proof-reader, or peer reviewer, please submit inquiries to journals@urockcliffe.com.

Digital Collections

Open Access Resources

The Opening of Science and Scholarship – Open access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of unnecessary copyright and licensing restrictions. Publius Project, Feb. 5, 2009; a brief introduction to open access is here, an overview is here.

Franklin Virtual Schools – Are you considering a GED? This program is an alternative to the GED test for many students 18+! It enables you to register, learn and test completely online at your own pace in the comfort of your own home! The FVHS Adult High School Diploma program format is similar to the GED but offers some significant benefits. GED Online

MIT Open Courseware

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

Visit: ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

P2PU — Peer To Peer University

P2PU advertises:

Learn anything with your peers. It’s online and totally free.
At P2PU, people work together to learn a particular topic by completing tasks, assessing individual and group work, and providing constructive feedback.

Visit at https://p2pu.org/en/

The Open University

The Open University is a world leader in modern distance learning, the pioneer of teaching and learning methods which enable people to achieve their career and life goals studying at times and in places to suit them.
Visit: http://www.open.ac.uk/

All Subjects

Academic Earth “thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars”

DSpace@MIT search MIT’s online institutional respository

Google Scholar

Internet Archive

Open Library

Spoken Word Services a repository of digital audio resources; create a free account to use; for educational use only

World Lecture Hall “free online course materials from around the world”

Worldcat locate books, articles, DVDs, CDs in a library near you

Business

Body of Knowledge ” … a database containing citations and abstracts of literature (journal articles and books) on the subject of quality and performance improvement.” Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Computer Science

ACM Digital Library Association for Computing Machinery

IEEE Xplore search “technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics” at the non-member “guest” level

Libra Academic Search a free computer science bibliography search engine, from Microsoft Research Asia; search in English or Chinese

Criminal Justice

NCJRS National Criminal Justice Reference Service

Economics

Discussion Papers non-members can search for abstracts of discussion papers from the Centre for Economic Policy Research (UK)

Education

AMSER Applied Math and Science Education Resources

TRC Teacher Reference Center; a free index to education literature for teachers and administrators; from EBSCO Publishing

Environment

GreenFILE a free environmental literature database from EBSCO Publishing; “… provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.”

Language

Linguistic Bibliography Online

Law

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

  1. CRS Reports from the National Library for the Environment, 2048 reports on the environmental and related topics
  2. Open CRS Network CRS Reports; currently listing 18,944 reports
  3. WikiLeaks recently released 6,780 reports

Legal Education Commons from CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction; contains over 700,000 federal court opinions

Public.Resource.Org government information; for background see NY Times article, Feb. 12, 2009.

Library and Information Science

LISTA Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts; a free database of literature abstracts dating back to the 1960’s; from EBSCO Publishing

Science

CERN Document Server search over 900,000 bibliographic records, including 360,000 full-text documents

Science Research Portal a free search portal developed by Deep Web Technologies

Virtual Technical Reports Center links to Institutions that provide either full-text or abstracts to technical reports, preprints, reprints, dissertations, theses, and research reports of all kinds.

Techniques

Research Sources, Techniques, Tools

academhack tech tools for academics

Academic Productivity a blog that reviews research and writing tools

CiteULike “citeulike is a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references”

Connotea “Free online reference management for all researchers, clinicians and scientists; Completely free, no download.” Review of Connotea (2008).

DiRT Digital Research Tools Wiki; for researchers in the humanities and social sciences

Legal Education Commons from CALI, The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction; contains “… legal education materials including syllabi, podcasts, presentations … ”

Recommended Search Strategy “Search with peripheral vision”

7 Things You Should Know About Personal Learning Environments

7 Things You Should Know About Zotero

Web Cite an on demand archiving system for web references

Saturday – October 27, 2012: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM SL/PST Rockcliffe University 6th Open House

Rockcliffe University welcomes you to our 6th Open House Event as we continue into our 7th year of education in Virtual Worlds. Please join us and meet some of our wonderful faculty members who will present and then follow with question and answer sessions.
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20Library/243/12/29

10:00 AM: Open House Keynote Address with Phelan Corrimal (Kevin Feenan), CEO of Rockcliffe University

Phelan Corrimal will open this event with a brief overview of Rockcliffe’s past and future and will share his view of the state of education in virtual worlds.  Phelan’s insights always provide fertile ground for thought and discussion so please come to hear his views on where we are going and what to expect from Rockcliffe in the years to come.

11:00 AM: Virtual Philosophy with Pamala Clift

Pamala Clift is the host of “The Roadside Philosophers”, a group that she started in 2007 and the author of the book “The Roadside Philospher – A Novel, Maybe?”

We enter a virtual world and are suddenly thrown into a global community with vast cultural differences and expectations. Any entrance into a computer-mediated environment creates its own culture, expectations and philosophy. Topping that off with individual engagement levels (dissociative, immersive and augmentative) and the pot of emotions and conflicting perceptions can boil over.

Is there a ‘Right and Wrong’? Are we able to engage at each other’s level to observe and engage without pain? For over five years, The ‘Roadside Philosophers’ has been engaged in learning about global and virtual philosophy, and is still exploring its vast complexity.  The key is letting go of control comfortably.

11:30 AM: The One Big Soup Project with Muze Ackland

We help advance cultural understanding using 3D web technology. Via education, we can bring balance into virtual worlds with mutual cultural respect. Balance restores harmony in ecology, economics, political power, spirituality … and extends to the physical world.

Just as in nature, if one seemingly insignificant element is missing, it can adversely affect an entire ecosystem.

Each culture has something to add to this ‘One Big Soup’ which we call the world. This project is building a diversity network/explorers game which celebrates these cultures through music, art, architecture, cuisine, fashion, legends, history and language.

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Break

1:00 PM: How to Publicize Your Blog with Thinkerer Melville (Selby Evans)

Thinkerer has taught courses in psychological measurement, computer applications and systematic problem-solving. He has conducted research in pattern recognition and cognitive systems, and operated a consulting business for 25 years.

Are you writing a blog? Is there something important to you that you want to tell the world and are you publicizing it?

This presentation will help you learn how to get your story out, how to organize your thoughts and how to collaboratively blog on different social media venues.

http://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/

1:30PM: Project Management with AgileBill Firehawk (Willam Krebs)

Join AgileBill on for this session of the Rockcliffe Open House where we discuss a variety of virtual world platforms.  What are the strengths and weaknesses of each?  When would you want to use each?  Should a team just use one?  Come follow our steps and we show scenes from many worlds including OpenSim, VenueGen, avayalive engage, 3D-VirtualEvents, Jibe, Sococo, and Terf.

AgileDimensions: http://www.agiledimensions.com/blog/about/bio-agilebill-krebs/

2:00PM: Behind the Scenes of Rockcliffe University with Phelan and Dirk McKeenan

From simple beginnings in 2006 to sprawling virtual campuses in 2012, Rockcliffe University has been growing and expanding its borders.  Come learn about how Rockcliffe’s partnerships have been forged through the years with organizations and our wonderful faculty.  We will also discuss our courses and classes that have been developed as well as our current and future projects.

3:00PM: Virtual Library with Mel Krupinski

Mel is a law librarian who was introduced to Second Life by the dean of her law school in 2006. She helped build Cybrary City 2, Second Lifes’s first law library. She has now made the Rockcliffe Library into one of the largest and longest sustained research libraries in virtual worlds.

Mel continually updates our twelve-room library with current information about Second Life and first life resources with a huge wealth of information concerning business, marketing, law, the sciences, education.

The Rockcliffe Library maintains links to large freely accessible scholarly research databases and focuses on the idea of open source and open access to sources of information.

The Rockcliffe Open House on Oct. 27, 2012 also takes place during Open Access Week (Oct. 22-28, 2012) celebrated everywhere, including Second Life. After my presentation, we will be doing a tour of the library.

4:00PM: Closing Thoughts with Plelan, Founder of Rockcliffe

We will close this 6th Rockcliffe University Open House with with some positive thoughts about the future of education in virtual worlds.

Virtual Worlds Representing in the Edublog Awards

Virtual Worlds Representing in the Edublog Awards

Since 2004, the Edublog awards have been offering a community driven people’s choice awards for blogs, social media and social networks centered on education. This year, social media nominations focused on education in virtual worlds was encouraged. Below are the virtual world nominations on the shortlist for the Edublog awards.

Best edTech blog – GridJumper’s Blog http://gridjumper.net/

Best twitter hashtag – #slpeeps

Best use of media/video/podcast – Knowclue’s Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2011 http://knowclue.wikispaces.com/Machinima+Through+Multiple+Lenses

Best educational use of a wiki – WoWinSchool http://wowinschool.pbworks.com/w/page/5268731/FrontPage

Best PD/unconference/webinar – Virtual Round Conference Table http://www.virtual-round-table.com/

Best educational use of a social network – Cognitive Dissonance http://cognitivedissonance.guildportal.com

Voting is open until December 13th at 1159 pm EST. The winners will be announced at Edublog Award Ceremony on December 14, 2011. For more information please go to http://edublogawards.com/

Dec 10, 9:30AM – 9PM SL/PST Rockcliffe Celebrates 5 Years in Second Life: Open House “Past, Present & Futures of Virtual Worlds”

Rockcliffe would like to invite you to celebrate 5 years in Second Life. Join us as we take a look at Virtual Worlds Past, Present and Future.

9:30AM – 10:00AM SL/PST Opening Keynote: Kevin Feenan (Phelan Corrimal), CEO of Rockcliffe University
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/5/13/31

10:00AM – 11:00AM SL/PST Rant Ugajin : Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and Prim Media in Second Life
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/5/13/31
Rant Agajin, from Ama Gi, will be presenting on the use of scalable vector graphics, prim media, and how SVG can be used to augment presentations within virtual classrooms.

11:00AM – 11:45AM SL/PST Agilebill Firehawk: Immersive Project Simulation Management Training
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Agile%203D/61/122/25

Join us as we learn how to manage projects using the popular “Scrum” stile of Agile Project Management. A simulation in the Agile 3d Factory will help you learn more.

12:00PM – 12:45PM SL/PST Agilebill Firehawk: Roundtable with Agile Scrum Lean Project Management
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Agile%203D/61/122/25

Bring your project management pains to a discussion that will offer you some cures. We will share what we learned the tour of the Agile 3d Factory, and highlight where skills can be added onto you resume.

12:00PM – 12:45PM SL/PST VWBPE Informational Session
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20Library/169/69/23

The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference – now in its fifth year. Join us to learn about new opportunities for games and simulations, machinima, action research projects, and MOOCS – all new to this year’s conference. http://www.vwbpe.org/

1:00PM – 2:00PM SL/PST Kevin Feenan (Phelan Corrimal): Virtual Achievements in Education
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/5/13/31

Over the past five years Rockcliffe has participated in some truly pivital moments in the history of Second Life and the metaverse in general. Join us as I share our virtual collaborative achievements over the past five years and how Rockcliffe has helped to support the community.

2:00PM – 2:45PM Virtual Worlds and 3D Media Arts
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/5/13/31

Host: Mal Burns – Metaverse News Aggregator & Broadcaster https://twitter.com/malburns

Pooky Amsterdam: Virtual world media rich in color, immersive in experience which offers great opportunity for original real–time engagement. http://pookymedia.com/

Draxtor Despres/Bernard Drax writes music for TV, commercials and feature films.
http://draxtor.com

Tara Yeats: Machinimatographer, ersatz writer and all around smart-ass http://www.tarayeats.com

Gracie Kendal/Kristine Schomaker : Blow-dryer-wielding, polaroid-shooting new media, performance artist and painter who just finished publishing her 2nd volume of the 1000 Avatars Fine art book in RL. www.1000avatars.wordpress.com

2:00PM-2:45PM Pamala Clift – Roadside Discussion Where do you see the trajectory of Virtual Worlds headed? What other virtual worlds have you inhabited.. the good & bad. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Agile%203D/39/216/3

2:45PM -3:30PM Can Virtual Health lead to Real Life Wellness?
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/5/13/31

Host: Zinnia Zauber/Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond is an artist, instructor, and superhero♥ who promotes the importance of creative education and community participation in the arts that are active and inclusive. http://uniqueasyou.com/

Gentle Heron/Alice Krueger : President, Virtual Ability, Inc. www.virtualability.org

Brena Benoir: Preferred Family Healthcare, non-profit mental health consultant http://www.pfh.org/

Thinkerer Melville/Selby Evans: Blogger on arts, communications, social tech, and other things in virtual worlds. (obvious case of ADHD) http://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/

3.00pm – 3.45pm Hawc Decosta, Criminal Professor Police Budgets and the Recession: Is Your Public Safety at Risk?
http://slurl.com/secondlife/CJ%20EdTech/54/159/24

3:30PM – 4:30PM A Virtual Future
Casual conversation concerning the future of virtual worlds:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/5/13/31

Tab Scott/Terry Beaubois World-wandering amazing architect of Virtual Existences.

Ham Rambler/John Mahon bon-vivant, Barman and purveyor of the Best of Ireland in Second Life. http://www.dublinvl.com

Will Burns/Aeonix Aeon : A true master of prims and pixels, from academic to application for over fifteen years. Author, researcher and IEEE Object Interoperability Lead. (Darian Knight in other worlds ..). http://blog.andromeda3d.com , http://www.metaversestandards.org

4:30PM – 5:00PM Rockcliffe and the Future (Kevin Closing Keynote)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/5/13/31

Music at the George C. Dove Theatre: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20I/178/28/23
5:00-6:00PM Max Sabertooth: R&B, Soul, Country, Pop, Lite Rock, Jazz, Motown as well as Contemporary Country
6:00-7:00PM DJ Steve Rumsford: Covers 1950s-2000s rock, pop, urban, hip-hop, dance and classic jazz

Wed Nov 23, 4:30pm SL/PST Inside the Avatar’a Studio with John Mahon/Ham Rambler

In Conversation with John Mahon: Beagán agus a rá go maith
Wednesday November 23, 2011 at 4:30pm PST

John Mahon (aka Ham Rambler), an Irish commercial pilot now currently based in Reykjavik, Iceland.
In Second Life, Ham is the owner of Dublin Live, 3 sims devoted to a detailed recreation of Ireland’s capital.
Dublin Virtually Live is his vision and ongoing creation. These sims provide value as a convivial meeting place as well as a venue for business conferences and John has created a recruitment center.

The concept came from his first development in Second Life, the Blarney Stone bar, which opened in 2005 on the mainland, and hosted the first Music festival the same year.

On opening the Dublin sims, they were featured by Fox News, Irish TV News and print media, resulting in a major sponsorship contract with Tourism ireland.

John presented Dublin Virtually Live at the opening of the IBM Innovation centre in Dublin in 2009.
Among the innovative ideas featured in Dublin was the Live Simulcast of a Television program called ‘Let’s Talk Music’ from Malta, featuring major international singers, song writers, producers and composers.
He has spoken at a number of SLCC conferences and was a Track leader during SLCC 2010 . He has also been involved with the Metameets conference in Amsterdam and Dublin. Thanks to his involvment, Metameets was hosted by the Dublin Institue of Technology.