Community Update ‘A Direction’
I have felt directionless over the last couple of weeks. It has been really challenging to gather information on Communities and Virtual Environments when I haven’t had a community direction or focus.
I can now confirm after discussions with Clare and then Alison (Manager of SANITI) that the community project will apply the Research Design Methodology for an Information Systems artefact employing SANITI as the virtual world community. The platform I have decided to adopt for this project is Kitely. The virtual world will be called SANITI ‘The Student’s Association’ where members will be able access the virtual world through their Facebook log-in.
SANITI (Student Association of Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology Incorporated) is an incorporated, non-profit charity organisation, supporting students studying at NMIT and other affiliated NMIT institutes across the country, such as WINTEC and NZ flight schools. SANITI consists of a Student President, two Advocates, Nelson Campus Coordinator, an Association Manager and a Marketing and International Activities Manager and support staff. Students have input into how SANITI is run through the Student Executive team consisting of up to 14 students from across NMIT campuses, elected at General Meetings. “The Student Executive guide the Strategic and Operational Plan and budget which are presented to students at the two General Meetings. The Strategic and Operational plan sets SANITI’s goals and direction of SANITI”. Students provide feedback through class representation where each school and year of study choose a class member to represent them and in turn take any student concerns to the Saniti team or members of staff.
My current plan for the set up of Saniti in a virtual world (Kitely) is to have a;
- meeting room – because Saniti cover a wide range of students in New Zealand it will be beneficial to allow for meetings to be conducted via the virtual world so all representatives can be present. I would also like incorporate the ability for distance members to join in real world meetings through the virtual world allowing both worlds to mesh together.
- Ball Room – There have been discussions from students at times in-regard to a ‘ball’ being held for NMIT students. So I have decided that creating a dance hall where students can come together dress their avatars in Ball Gowns and Tuxedos, walk down the red carpet to a virtual ball could be lots of fun.
- social meeting place – I would also like to have a social meeting place for students to congregate, find out information or just fraternize and embrace student life in a virtual environment.
This week is about meshing together the research I have compiled to date and establishing how I move forward from here.