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Immersive Storytelling in Virtual Worlds

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Immersive Storytelling

in Virtual Worlds





Storytelling is a wonderful means of getting our students excited. Recreating such a story in a virtual world would provide a great setting for roleplay and fanfiction.


Yet, how difficult is it to recreate scenes of Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter or King Arthur and his Round Table in OpenSim? What about character creation? Changing avatar outfit, clothes and accessories? When creating the scene, what building skills are required and when it comes to storytelling, what skills are required to come up with a captivating story? These main three challenges will be addressed in this EVO session and we hope to recreate a story in OpenSim.




By the end of this session you should:


  • Know more about digital storytelling

  • Have learned how to build characters, change clothes and add accessories in OpenSim 

  • Have learned to build scenes for the plot/ story in OpenSim





No prior knowledge is required. A readiness to get your digital hands dirty building. 


Target audience


This session is aimed at experienced language educators, language course designers, and webheads.  Those without experience in entering and navigating virtual worlds will be able to join the sessions in Zoom and should at the end of the EVO session be able to decide which environments warrants additional time. 




Our main learning space is Canvas and there you will find more information about how to join ... 


  • our OpenSim region called Edu Nation which is located in Kitely
  • our Wiki Space for all of the publicly available resources
  • and Zoom for the synchronous sessions 
  • various YouTube videotutorial 


For enrollment instructions, please scroll down. 






Dates  Syllabus

Week 1

10 Jan - 16 Jan 

Finding resources in OpenSim to tell a story, avatar appearance, avatar animations 

Character building and avatar identity


Moderator: Alicja Bomirska and Heike Philp



Week 2

17 Jan - 23 Jan 

Creating object, adding sound and script to object, animesh

Transmedia Storytelling


Moderator: Helena Galani


Week 3

24 Jan - 30 Jan

Importing 3D objects and create Mesh objects in OpenSim

Roleplay, Fanfiction and Emotion


Moderator: Pionia Destiny


Week 4

31 Jan - 6 Feb

Creating scenes and a storyboard

Recreating History, Factual Fiction 


Moderation: Helen Myers and Heike Philp

Week 5

7 Feb - 14 Feb

Present your story 

Reenact the story and record machinima


Moderation: Amany Alkhayat





Join this session!

The action starts on Jan 9th, 2021.


1. Use this link to register to our session: 


2. Create an account in Canvas. 








Name (last, first)

Biodata (not more than 50 words)

Randall Sadler [aka Randall Renoir] is Associate professor at  Illinois University, head of the Virtual Worlds SIG of CALICO. He is a TESOL member and co-owner of EduNation islands in Second Life. Book author of ‘Virtual Worlds for Language Learning: From Theory to Practice (Telecollaboration in Education)’, Randall Sadler, published by Peter Lang AG, Switzerland, Dressman, M., & Sadler, R. (Eds). (2020). The Handbook of Informal Language Learning. Malden, MA.: Wiley-Blackwell, Nurmukhamedov, U. & Sadler, R. (Eds.) (2020). New Ways in Teaching with Games. Alexandria, VA: TESOL. Press


Dr. Randall Sadler

rsadler [at] illinois [dot] edu 




Heike Philp [Gwen Gwasi] is CEO of let's talk online sprl, a technology support provider for language learning and events in real-time. She is co-initiator of EU funded LANCELOT (virtual classroom) and AVALON (virtual world) and the CAMELOT project (machinima for language teachers). She is founder of the Virtual Round Table Conference and co-owns EduNation in Second Life. 


Heike Philp 

heikephilp [at] gmail [dot] com



Dennis Newson [Osnacantab Nesterov] M.A. (Cantab), P.D.E.S.L (Leeds), taught EFL in Africa, Arabia, Norway, and Germany in middle schools, secondary schools, teacher training colleges, a technical university, and an arts university. He was consultant for short periods in Bosnia and Kosovo, and conferences have taken him to Poland, Hungary, Las Palmas, Russia, and England. He has developed his interest in SL since his alleged retirement.   In Second Life he is known as Osnacantab Nesterov.  


Dennis Newson

djn [at] dennisnewson [dot] de



Helena Galani [ErlinaAzure in SL] holds an RSA Diploma, M.A. ELT (Applied Linguistics), and certification in teacher training and advanced ICT skills.

As accredited ELT (adult) educator and tutor, Helena has been blending and flipping her classes in Virtual Worlds. She has also taught EFL and trained teachers for INDIRE on edMondo. As moderator during EVO ViLLAGE, Helena presented on the usefulness of designing games and Interactive Scenarios in ELT through Virtual Worlds.  As EduNation resident and CAMELOT Award winner in 2015, Helena supports the educational value of VWs environments through learner and teacher machinima. At conventions, she highlights different aspects on the value of 3D VWs and machinima in language teaching. With her classes, Helena also implements Transmedia narrative to bring educational material to life. 

Helena Galani

helenagalani2010 [at] gmail [dot] com









Alicja Bomirska,M.A. Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, has been a teacher of English for nearly 30 years. She has successfully completed numerous TEFL courses, many of them on ICT and VR Immersive Language Learning. She has been involved in many projects and currently is cooperating with an Italian school on an E-twinning project where the use of the virtual environment is essential.


Alicja Bomirska 

alicja258 [at] poczta [dot] onet [dot] pl 



Helen Myers [Karelia Kondor] is a teacher of French and a manager at a large UK secondary school and chair of the London branch of ALL (Association of Language Learning) and its former president.  She is an active member of the MachinEVO group, SLexperiements and a longstanding EduNation resident and she is helping to set up a private SL island for teenagers with SEGfL and the British Computer Society. Her blogcontains information about her SL activities, which include weekly English pronunciation classes open to all.  For examples of her video work, go to her YouTube channel


Karelia Kondor 

Helen Myers

helenmyers007 [at] gmail [dot] com


Dr. Doris Molero (Ed.D) a.k.a Pionia Destiny is passionate about language learning, instructional design, and related educational technologies, specifically 3D Multi-User Virtual Environments for situated, experiential learning.  She has been involved in virtual worlds since 2007 after been invited to join Webheads in Action for EVO Village. She has been part of different communities of practice as an organizer, presenter, or volunteer in VWBPE, Camelot project, Edunation, NANEC, Virtual Pioneers, INDIRE on edMondo, SLMOOC, and VWMOOC. Roleplaying in virtual worlds taught her about creating and telling stories in communities as Avilion, Sylvhara, and Artstonia.  She has had the chance to work on different projects with her students. Her latest adventure is a Transmedia Storytelling language learning series called Virtually Anywhere.




Dr. Doris MoleroStorytelling Week 1

doris3m [at] gmail [dot] com




Amany Alkhayat is a doctoral student in the Instructional Technology and Media program, TC Columbia University. She earned her first MA in TEFL from the American University in Cairo and her second MA from the Instructional Technology and Media program, TC Columbia University. She's the founder and chair of the Technology Enhanced Language Learning SIG at NYS TESOL, USA. She's a Udemy instructor teaching more than 5K students. She’s also the CEO of Linguatech Inc and Speekit learning app. Her research interests are focused on Technology in the classroom, designing technology assisted learning/intervention, using conversational agents/chatbots in the EFL/ESL Classroom, and Digital Storytelling. Her 2017 book chapter is in the edited volume, Teaching English Reflectively with Technology, by Dr. Hubbard and Dr. Ioannou-Georgiou and entitled Exploring the Effectiveness of Using Chatbots in the EFL Classroom. In 2017, She self-published a Kindle ebook, Become a Tech Savvy Teacher: A Comprehensive Guide to Using Technology and Improving Students’ Scores.  


Amany Alkhayat

aa4396 [at] tc.columbia [dot] edu





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