Immersive 3D Environments

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Projects and Project Brief

There are a couple of things you need to think about when deciding what you are going to do for the design and implementation part of your assessment.

  1. Do you want to work with others or on your own?
  2. Do you want to take on all or part of one of the projects suggested, or
  3. Do you want to write your own project brief?

You might want to start thinking about these questions and we can discuss the advantages and disadvantages and the options  in class. It will not make any difference ultimately to the work that you do for the assessment but it may alter the process that you go through.  While working with someone else can help you with the skills that you don’t have, scripting perhaps, but of course collaboration can be a double-edged sword and you may feel you have less control over your work!


September 13, 2010 Posted by | Individual Projects | Leave a comment

Critical reflection and appraisal

This week I want to focus on another of the learning outcomes of this course and one which is also evaluated as part of the final assessment.  The outcome is

Critically analyse their own and others’ work, and explain the relationship between project aims and outcomes.

You will see in the assessment section of the course outline that this is translated into this ( I have changed the formatting but not the content).


Critical reflection and appraisal (20%). (Learning Outcome 4).

At various points during the semester you will be asked to provide a critical reflection of the work that you have undertaken so far and to record that reflection in your blog. Your reflection will include (but is not limited to) such things as:

  • problems and issues that you have faced and how you solved them (or not),
  • how you have interpreted the project brief,
  • how well your design/build meets the project brief and
  • areas which you would like to develop further etc.

You will also be asked to comment on at least two other students work and provide suggestions for how their work could be, for example, improved/extended or re-interpreted. Details on the expected content for these critiques will be available later in the course. You will also be expected to post relevant and helpful comments on others blog’s and reply to those left on yours. (INDIVIDUAL work)


One good way to practise this kind of appraisal is to keep a reflective journal of your ideas and your work.  Even those ideas that don’t eventuate can be useful when you go back and look at them.  I had thought that you would be able to use your blog to do this, as it is a great way to keep track of digital resources.  Lisa is going to show you and talk about her digital journal and how she both manages it and uses it.

Daniel has also provided a blog entry talking about the first things he has built in SL and I would encourage you to have a read of that too.  I will be expecting to see postings along these lines over the remaining weeks.  I realise that this is difficult until you have a clearer idea of what you are going to be building and we can also start those conversations now.

September 13, 2010 Posted by | Critical Evaluation | Leave a comment