Monday, January 11, 2010

Our video visit with "Learning in 3D" coauthor Karl Kapp

As promised, we have a very special guest on the blog today, and a special treat for you.

Years before I first met today's guest, I was influenced by his work. Since the earliest days of ProtonMedia, I have been impressed by graduates of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Instructional Technology -- so much so that we have hired several.

And today's guest, Karl Kapp, is a key member of the faculty. Karl’s passion for learning and technology is one of the jewels of the Mid-Atlantic technology scene. I am proud to call him my friend.

A few months ago I was asked (and agreed) to write the forward of an upcoming new book, "Learning in 3D," coauthored by Tony O'Driscoll and Karl Kapp.

Published by Pfeiffer, a division of John Wiley and Sons, it's the first title from a major imprint to help readers understand the impact that 3-D environments, virtual worlds, and immersive spaces can have on education, business, and society.

The book is officially released next Tuesday, Jan. 19. You can order "Learning in 3D" now, or come to our Life Sciences 2010 event at Microsoft's Malvern, Pa., location, and get a signed copy, for free.

However you get it, I think you'll find it a must-read and must-share with colleagues who are interested in finding ways to improve training, collaboration, knowledge transfer, and organizational efficiency.

To celebrate the book's publishing, our blogging team interviewed Karl at his office on the Bloomsburg University campus, Bloomsburg, Pa. Kwan Morrow took the point, while Katelyn Winslow pointed the camera.

Here's the result, in high definition. Contact us if you would like a copy on DVD.


By the way, if you enjoy our interview with Karl, you might also find my video interview with Karl's coauthor, Tony O'Driscoll, informative.

2 comments:

Karl Kapp said...

Ron,

Thanks. The interview was a lot of fun and we discussed a wide range of topics related to virtual worlds and how they can be used most effectively for learning and collaboration. We also discussed the ways in which 3D worlds are making an impact and are expanding opportunities within organizations.

I'll tell the readers also that early next week, there will be a new place for exploring some of the content covered in the book in an immersive fashion...stay tuned for exciting news about this late this week or early next.

Thanks everyone for participating in the tour and please leave a comment.

Tony said...

Boy Karl really has set the tone now. Heat is on if I am ever put on the interview seat after the great job he did. I echo Karl's enthusiasm about the new place for exploring our Learning Archetype content.

I got a sneak preview today in preparation for a session next week and it truly is going to be an exciting environment to experience the power of virtual worlds. As Randy Hinrichs likes to say "It is not about being there it is about doing there."

Thanks also to Ron Burns for writing such a wonderful forward. He probably has the clearest vision of anyone I know on how Virtual World technologies will change the way we live, work and learn in the future. And that future is getting closer by the minute!

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