Sweet success: making machinima to engage sugarcane farmers in discussions about climate risk

Farley, Helen and Reardon-Smith, Kate (2012) Sweet success: making machinima to engage sugarcane farmers in discussions about climate risk. In: 2012 Apple University Consortuim CreateWorld Conference: Developing People Who Use and Support Apple Technology in Higher Education, 5-7 Dec 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

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Machinima is the art of using virtual worlds or games to make films. Second Life has proven a popular venue for the creation of machinima for a number of reasons including the ability of users to create custom content, the facility to reuse items made by other users, and the capacity to readily alter avatars and landscapes. Though this medium is used by budding film makers to create fictional pieces and simulated documentaries, educators and researchers have also been quick to spot the potential of this form. This paper reports on a project undertaken by the Australian Digital Futures Institute and the Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments, both at the University of Southern Queensland, to use machinima to inform sugarcane farmers' decisions around sustainable farming practices. Managing risk associated with climatic variability is a significant challenge for farmers. This project specifically explores the use of machinima to stimulate discussion amongst farmers around how to incorporate an understanding of climate risk into their decision-making. More broadly, it considers the potential of innovative, web-based, discussion support systems to contribute to improved decision-making by land managers, regional communities, policy-makers and civil society, leading to sustainable and resilient regional areas.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2013 23:02
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 03:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: machinima; virtual worlds; second life; discussion support systems
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23328

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