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Global Kids Leads Session on Virtual Worlds for Learning at World Bank Institute
Global Kids was honored to facilitate a strategy session at the World Bank Institute in DC on using virtual worlds for learning. Barry Joseph and I met with about 15 World Bank Institute staff to talk about the various educational applications of virtual worlds, from immersion and simulation to avatar creation and multimedia engagement.
The World Bank Institute can be considered the knowledge sharing and training arm of the World Bank. As we learned, the World Bank Institute has an impressive history of training development professionals, government officials, World Bank staff, NGOs, parliamentarians and business leaders on a range of subjects, from climate change to foreign language learning. While many of these trainings take place in person in seminars and workshops, the WBI has implemented a number of e-learning solutions already.
So our participants were in a very good place to learn about what virtual worlds might offer them as both learning experts and content experts. Barry and I led them through an energetic all-day session, where we shared our own experiences using virtual worlds for learning, while talking about the unique role of WBI as a global educational institution. Our participants shared questions and concerns that need to be addressed, from technical, to cultural and pragmatic. They also brainstormed several creative ideas for how virtual worlds might be used at the Institute.
By the end, Barry and I were inspired by the potential for what virtual worlds might do to scale out and deepen the educational offerings of the WBI for their stakeholders.