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The State Volunteers Congress was held at the National Wine Centre of Australia on the 6th December, 2010 focusing on the theme of marketing volunteering through social media.  More than 450 attended the congress, which was opened by the Honourable Grace Portelosi, the Minister for Volunteers. The Master of Ceremonies for the day was Nikki Marcel from Radio Adelaide with presentations by Jim Robinson, Principal & Creative Director JAM Adelaide and Michelle Prak, Hughes Public Relations, as well as panel discussions, and presentations by Alison Wotherspoon (Flinders University) and Dr Denise Wood (UniSA), as well as UniSA students, Joyce, Patrick and Joel, who did a wonderful job showcasing work they completed through the Sustainable Online Community Engagement program in front of more than 450 congress delegates.

UniSA staff, Carolyn Bilsborow and Mike Carroll, provided a live demonstration of social media  throughout the day and you can check out photos and video clips from the event via our FaceBook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/State-Volunteer-Congress-2010/146030428780826?v=wall) and for those who are not “Twitter Challenged” via our SA Volunteers twitter stream @SAVolunteers.

Photo taken of particpants attending the State Volunteers Congress at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide

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In my August segment on Radio 5RPH I spoke about the experiential learning our Web design students are undertaking in which they are creating accessible websites for organisations and volunteer groups. I spoke in particular about one of my courses (Accessible Interactive Media) in which the students are creating accessible sites for disability and health related groups in Second Life. Their clients include The Health Support Coalition, Alliance Library (Healthinfo Island) and Virtual Helping Hands. I conduct a virtual tutorial class with the students each week in Second Life during which time we review the progress they are making on their projects and discuss any challenges they have experienced in working with groups in virtual worlds.

I also discussed the work our students are doing with the SA Government Office for Volunteers in a program founded by a colleague, Phil Marriott, called Sustainable Online Engagement.

You can listen to the radio program from this url: http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/3dvle/media/rph_ll2_290809.mp3

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