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

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

Board of Directors

Rockcliffe has two Director openings on our Board of Directors to advise and assist with community development between Rockcliffe and higher education institutions and technology companies.

These volunteer opportunities would allow an interested person to initiate and maintain effective relationship and to ensure that the consortium grows in influence, size and usefulness to its members.

The ideal candidate is a persistent, self-starter, and creative individual who will learn about Rockcliffe member needs, maintain current knowledge of Rockcliffe services, and work to raise awareness about Rockcliffe within higher-education communities.

To find out more, please see the following pages

Board Member: Higher Education Advisor

Board Member: Technology Advisor

Rockcliffe’s events and services are supported by dozens of volunteers throughout North America and Europe. Member involvement is vital to the success of the association.

Rockcliffe members have the unique opportunity to engage in service with other members internationally while impacting trends, issues and services available for educational professionals.

We look forward to your interest in helping Rockcliffe provide better service to the educational community.

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Membership Comparison

  Public Community Professional
Annual Membership Dues Free $50/yr* $250/yr*
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Rockcliffe University Consortium Conference

Member Rate

Member Rate
Professional Member Rate

Public Service

  Conference Volunteers  Available   Available   Available 
  Content Contributors Available  Available  Available 
  Copywriters Available  Available  Available 
  Game Designers and Artists Available  Available  Available 
  Programmers Available  Available  Available 

Community Service

  Social Media Moderators Available Available
  Video and Broadcast Available Available

Professional Service

  Community Liaisons  Available
  Symposia and Event Organizers Available
  Assistant Librarian Available
  Docent Available
  Journal Editor Available
  Station Manager Available

Professional Service Leadership

  Curriculum Review Committee  Available
  Conference Committee Chairs Available

International Recognition


Thinkerer Award (VWBPE)

Available Available Available

Community Service Award

Available Available

Years of Service

Available Available

Professional Service Award

Digital Course Instructor Professional Certification Available
DCIP Professional Training $$$  $$ Included
Peer Reviewed Curricula Included
Access to Rockcliffe LMS  Included
Monetization of Curricula Included
Gatekeeper Letter (Research) Students working on Master Thesis or Doctoral Dissertations Only w/ Letter from Advisor Available with Letter from Sponsor IRB Available with Letter from Sponsor IRB
Shared Makerspaces Included Included
Rockcliffe Community Village Included (see Access to Second Life Campus below)
Dedicated MakerSpaces $$ $

Access to Second Life Campus

  Classroom Bookings  n/a  Included  Included
  Sandbox Access  Bus. Hours  7 x 24 access  7 x 24 access
  Group Notices  n/a  1 per day  5 per day
  General Rez Rights  Temp  Temp  By Request
  Gateway Support  Self-Directed  Self-Directed  By Request
  Community Village Parcel  24m x 24m

Access to Avacon Campus

  Classroom Bookings Included Included
  General Rez Rights Temp  Temp  By Request

Access to Video Content Management System (co-branding) Included
  YouTube Included

Access to Live Streaming (co-branding)

  YouTube Included
  Twitch Included

Access to Collaborative Gaming Resources

  Eve Online Included Included

Wow Guilds

Included Included

Access to Desktop Sharing Utilities

  Webex Included
  Discord Included
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Professional Association of Educational Designers and Technologists

Rockcliffe members benefit by access to valuable national and international resources that help improve their ability to demonstrate professional excellence. Professional educational designers and technologists provide specialization in digital literacies using various disruptive innovations including virtual technologies and just-in-time learning methodologies.

As a Rockcliffe Professional member, you will be 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.

Summary of Benefits


Professional members can engage in rare opportunities and recognition of service to the profession in the following manner:

• Become liaisons and event organizer

• Engage in library curation roles

• Become a leader in professional communities

• Receive recognition for service


Professional members can build and participate in professional development relevant to the 21st century in the following manner:

• Complete online PD for CEUs

• Build your own monetized courses using a validated quality assurance process

• Receive special privileges to use the Rockcliffe LMS and be assured of student records of completion


Professional members can engage in ongoing invention through research and development opportunities to prototype or develop proofs of concept without physical limitations including

• Gatekeeper Letters for ongoing research studies

• Access to dedicated R&D Makerspaces

• Special privileges to use Rockcliffe Library Co-curation spaces

Virtual Environments

Professional members can make use of shared technology allowing access to services that would otherwise be limited when accessed on an individual basis such as:

• Virtual Gateways

• Co-branding of Video and Audio content (including live streaming)

• Collaborative Gaming Resources for Education

• Access to Online Collaborative Meetings (desktop sharing and audio)

Types of Membership

Annual Membership Dues


Institutional memberships are offered to organizations which are non-profit / non-commercial purposes, B-Corporations, 501c3 or similar organizations, educational institutions (K-12 and Post-Secondary), and non-governmental organizations.


Affiliate membership are offered to community groups organized for commercial purpose such as S-Corporations, C-Corporations, LLCs, Independent Contractors, and Partnerships.


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).

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.


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

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.

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


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


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


AMSER Applied Math and Science Education Resources

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


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.”


Linguistic Bibliography Online


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


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.


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

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

Best twitter hashtag – #slpeeps

Best use of media/video/podcast – Knowclue’s Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2011

Best educational use of a wiki – WoWinSchool

Best PD/unconference/webinar – Virtual Round Conference Table

Best educational use of a social network – Cognitive Dissonance

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

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

10:00AM – 11:00AM SL/PST Rant Ugajin : Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and Prim Media in Second Life
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

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

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

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.

1:00PM – 2:00PM SL/PST Kevin Feenan (Phelan Corrimal): Virtual Achievements in Education

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

Host: Mal Burns – Metaverse News Aggregator & Broadcaster

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

Draxtor Despres/Bernard Drax writes music for TV, commercials and feature films.

Tara Yeats: Machinimatographer, ersatz writer and all around smart-ass

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.

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.

2:45PM -3:30PM Can Virtual Health lead to Real Life Wellness?

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.

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

Brena Benoir: Preferred Family Healthcare, non-profit mental health consultant

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

3.00pm – 3.45pm Hawc Decosta, Criminal Professor Police Budgets and the Recession: Is Your Public Safety at Risk?

3:30PM – 4:30PM A Virtual Future
Casual conversation concerning the future of virtual worlds:

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.

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 ..). ,

4:30PM – 5:00PM Rockcliffe and the Future (Kevin Closing Keynote)

Music at the George C. Dove Theatre:
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.