NVWN Steering Committee

While the NVWN project officially ended on March 1, 2012, the NVWN Steering Committee will continue the work started by the project. In January 2012, NVWN organized a call for applicants to join the NVWN Steering Committee, which was then circulated through the community and the project’s online channels. NVWN received 13 applications, which exceeded the project team’s expectations, and these came from a wide range of people. Of these 13, seven were affiliated with NVWN and six were external.

Primary Responsibilities of the NVWN Steering Committee

  • To organize networking events related to the 3D internet/virtual worlds and entrepreneurship/innovation (in world, mixed reality, and/or physical events)
  • To maintain the NVWN blog and other media channels, e.g., livestream, facebook group, twitter feed
  • To run the VCEI – the Virtual Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, e.g., to maintain and potentially develop the Center while evaluating the potential of switching to another virtual world platform
  • To perform outreach events, i.e., organize presentations on 3D internet/virtual worlds for people unfamiliar with them
  • To represent NVWN at global, regional and sub-regional networks and partnerships
  • To  develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the general policies and priorities for NVWN
  • To review longer term plans of action and their financial implications for NVWN
  • To review and decide upon planning and execution of NVWN programs and projects including the budget for the VCEI

NVWN Steering Committee Members

  • Carmela Dell’Aria, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Björn-Tore Flåten, Agder University, Norway (previous NVWN member)
  • Elia Giovacchini, Stockholm University (previous NVWN member)
  • Ates Gursimsek, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Stella Hadjistassou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Steve Mahaley, Duke CE, UK (previous NVWN affiliated member)
  • Titiana Moldovan, University of Turku, Finland (previous NVWN member)
  • Judith Molka-Danielsen, Molde University College, Norway
  • Stylianos Mystakidis, University of Patras, Greece
  • Miriam Reiner, Technion, Israel
  • Robin Teigland, SSE, Sweden (previous NVWN member)
  • Serdar Temiz, KTH, Sweden (previous NVWN member)
  • Eilif Trondsen, Strategic Business Insights, USA (previous NVWN member)

Below is more information on the Steering Committee members.

Carmela Dell’Aria, University of Palermo, Italy

Carmela Dell’Aria is a teacher of English and Italian as FL and a specialized teacher for students in special needs. She has been teaching Italian as a Foreign and Second Language since 1999, working in Italy, UK and online for different institutions. Since 2007 she is collaborating with the Department of Philological and Linguistic Sciences (University of Palermo) where she has been a contract Professor of CALL, for which she has designed, developed and taught online language activities in virtual worlds and Café Italia, a pilot about teaching Italian as a FL in Second Life. She’s researching the potentials of Virtual Worlds and Social Networks for Language Teaching for her PhD research in Modern Literatures and Philological – Linguistic Studies. She is interested in Second Language Pedagogy, Didactics of Modern Languages, Multimedia Didactics, CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning), particularly the use of Virtual Worlds.

Björn-Tore Flåten, Agder University, Norway

Bjørn-Tore Flåten is an Associate Professor at the University of Agder, Norway, where he teaches courses in International Management, Marketing, Strategy and Organizational Behaviour at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He holds a PhD in International Management. Prior to joining UiA he served as a unit manager in a major Norwegian non-profit organization where he held responsibilities for personnel and training and for managing international educational tours for groups of 150 people involving cross-cultural exchanges. He is also an experienced consultant with a record of managing projects involving organizational structure and design, change, re-structuring, and building of compensation and evaluation schemes in different industries. His research interests revolve around strategic management of knowledge work and entrepreneurship in virtual worlds, with a particular focus on knowledge sharing and Internet-enabled collaboration within and beyond the boundaries of the firm.

Elia Giovacchini, Stockholm University

Elia is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Stockholm University School of Business  and Research Assistant at the Stockholm School of Economics.

Ates Gursimsek, Roskilde University, Denmark

Ates Gürsimsek is a PhD Student at Roskilde University as member of ‘Sense-making Strategies and User-driven Innovation Virtual Worlds’ research project. Between 2000-2004, he studied Industrial Design at Middle East Technical University’s Faculty of Architecture, after which he completed his M.Sc. degree on new media culture and industrial design at Istanbul Technical University. During his doctoral studies, he visited Stanford University’s H-STAR Institute by a scholarship from Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to conduct observations on emerging socio-technical trends in Silicon Valley. In 2005, he attended one semester in Eindhoven Technical University as graduate exchange student. In addition to being a soft-core gamer, he has been to numerous academic and professional events, written and presented research papers, organized workshops and courses, and participated in collaborative projects in virtual worlds. Currently, Ates is writing his PhD dissertation while enjoying the cozy Danish winter listening to ‘Inventions and Dimensions’ by Herbie Hancock.

Stella Hadjistassou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Stella K. Hadjistassou has earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric/Composition and Linguistics from Arizona State University, where she has also taught multiple courses in Sociolinguistics, English Composition, Grammar, Technical and Professional Communication, English as a Second Language. She specializes in Applied Linguistics, English as a Second Language, Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, Computer-mediated Communications, and Social Virtualities. She has published widely in these areas, including “Emerging Feedback in Two English as a Second Language (ESL) Writing Forums,” “An Activity Theory Exegesis on Conflict and Contradictions in Networked Discussions and Feedback Exchanges,” and “Situated Learning.” She has also received and participated in multiple research projects related to ESL, Computer-mediated Communications, and Social Virtualities, both at Arizona State University and KIOS Research
Center for Intelligence Systems and Networks. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at KIOS Research Center for Intelligence Systems
and Networks.

Steve Mahaley, Duke CE, UK

Steve is the Global Practice Lead, Learning Innovations Team at Duke Corporate Education in the UK. Steve works with Duke CE clients and internal teams to weave communications and other electronic technologies in to the design work and ultimate delivery of educational services, modules and programs.  Current areas of interest include game-based learning, virtual worlds, enabling global teams, network-based design, mobile learning technologies, and advances in learning theory and methodologies that reflect the needs and habits of the technology-enabled workforce.

Titiana Moldovan, University of Turku, Finland

Titiana ”Titi” Moldovan is a former member of the NVWN research team, investigating innovation activities in VWs. Before deciding to pursue a PhD in economic sociology at the University of Turku in Finland, she served as project researcher in various projects dealing with innovation. Titi is currently working on her PhD thesis dealing with the implementation of open collaborative innovation in the public sector. Besides innovation, she has a personal interest in future studies (no, not the crystal ball !) as well as incentives and gamification; more recently, she is  hooked on Infographics. Titi is happy to receive any “fun stuff” on these topics. You can contact her at tpmold@utu.fi  ; Twitter: @titilainen;  Second Life: Thea Langstrumpf.

Judith Molka-Danielsen, Molde University College, Norway

Judith has worked with virtual world technologies since 2006 with focus on the examination of uses and affordances of 3D multi-user virtual environments (MUVE) for learning and for community building, social inclusion and skills attainment for employment. She has published areas on design, integration and analysis of virtual world technologies as activated through social collaborative networks and as applied to knowledge sharing in communities and organisations. She has contributed to the obtainment and fulfilment of research projects areas of virtual social technologies as applied in a language learning context, and in the health sector with the aim to empower people with lifelong disability. These include the following: Partner representative in two European Union grants (AVALON, Euroversity); Co-leader of one Norwegian Opening Universities (NUV, Norgesuniversitet) grant (Lecturers with Disability); Lead researcher in two other NUV grants (Kamimo Projects); and Co-leader in Norwegian Research Council (Strategic College Grant Program, SHP).

Book:  Learning and Teaching in the Virtual World of Second Life, (2009), eds. Molka-Danielsen, J. & Deutschmann, M., Tapir Academic Press; SHP Project: Virtual spaces for building friendships and learning about lifelong disability, SHP (2010-2012); NUV Project: Using ICT to promote flexible lifelong learning in communication, health and disability, NUV (2009-2010); AVALON Project: AVALON Learning community ning and AVALON Project site; Euroversity Project: Euroversity Web Site  and Ning.

Stylianos Mystakidis, University of Patras, Greece

Stylianos is an internationally awarded Learning Innovator. He is designing and implemented innovative learning solutions for academia, government and businesses using E-learning, Social Media and Virtual Worlds. He is the Director of Immersive Worlds, National Partner at  epprobate, Teaching Mentor at the University of Washington’s Virtual Worlds Certificate Program, Adjunct Faculty at the Open University of Catalonia and Instructional Designer & Developer in the University of Patras.

Miriam Reiner, Technion, Israel

Miriam Reiner is an Associate Professor at the Virtual Reality and NeuroCognition lab (Technion Touchlab) at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Robin Teigland, SSE, Sweden

Robin Teigland is an Associate Professor at the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) and the caretaker of SSE’s island in the virtual world of Second Life. She is also the Program Coordinator for SSE’s PhD Program in Business Administration and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Agder in Norway with their International Management PhD program. Her current research investigates how social media and virtual worlds enable online and inworld communities to create value as well as what impact these new media have on the firm and our basic assumptions of economic activity. Robin is an active international researcher and she led the Nordic Virtual Worlds Network (NVWN), a USD 1 mln international project investigating innovation and entrepreneurship through virtual worlds and the 3D internet (www.nordicworlds.net) co-financed by the Nordic Innovation Center. She is currently a member of the Euroversity project.

Serdar Temiz, The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Serdar Temiz is a PhD student at KTH – The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Eilif Trondsen, Strategic Business Insights, USA

Eilif Trondsen is Research Director at Strategic Business Insights (SBI) in Menlo Park, California. The focus area of Eilif’s research and consulting at SBI (formerly Stanford Research Institute) is the use of technology for innovation, learning and performance improvement. He has 32 years’ experience at SBI and at SRI International, leading or contributing to a variety of projects for U.S. and foreign clients in the private and public sectors. At SRI and SBI, Eilif has held the position of Research Director of the Business Intelligence Program, the director of the Learning on Demand program, and has also led SBI’s research initiative around 3D immersive technologies. In his tenure at SRI and SBI, he has given numerous presentations and autored many publications on various eCommerce, eLearning, innovation and virtual-worlds topics. Eilif is the Chair of Silicon Vikings SIG on Entrepreneurship and Learning, and Co-Chair of SVForum’s SIG on Digital Media.