Graduation ceremony for the 2013 Specialist Scholarship

Denise Stevens
VET Development Centre CEO Denise Stevens opens proceedings for the 2013 Specialist Scholar graduation ceremony.

Today I attended the graduation ceremony for all 2013 VET Development Centre Specialist Scholars. The graduation ceremony was the final event for all recipients of this year’s Specialist Scholarship. The event featured an opening address and presentation of certificates and a gifts to all scholars from VET Development Centre CEO Denise Stevens.

The graduation ceremony also featured an amazing presentation from Terese McAleese, Director of Learning at Swinburne University of Technology. Terese spoke about her journey as an immigrant from 1980s Belfast to Melbourne as well as her journey in vocational education and training (VET), from a student to an administrator and teacher and finally to a professional responsible for designing learning experiences. Terese also spoke about the transformational nature of the VET sector and TAFE, a place where skills could be developed for the direct application in industry as well as a place for second chances or opportunities for education that might have been missed the first time. The chance for a new or better life.

Post-scholarship activities: The beginning of a simple video and chat application

One of the items included in my list of ‘What’s next’ to be considered for development in future iterations of augmented contextual instruction is to depart from the use of proprietary augmented reality platforms and pursue the development of device and platform agnostic augmented contextual instruction and additional augmented reality experiences for display in web browsers built on on Web sockets¬†Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) and the Web Graphics Library (WebGL). The time for that departure is now. It’s now time for some self-directed post-scholarship activities.

The first step in that departure is to get started with WebRTC by working my way through a codelab tutorial tutorial explains how to build a simple video and text chat application. Although the tutorial does not prescribe specifically how to use WebRTC to develop AR experiences, I’m sure it will provide me with an excellent foundation of the skills and knowledge I’ll need later on. Besides, developing a simple video and text chat application is fun and useful.

Here’s the beginning of my simple video and chat application.

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Calling myself in the same web browser window on my mobile phone. Step 3 of 8 in Codelab’s How to build a simple video and text chat application tutorial.

This step was fun, but the next steps are when it gets really interesting!