We were there to visit the Digilab of the Open University. It is a ‘showcase for tools, technologies and resources illustrating how today’s technology can nurture tomorrow’s learners’ – as their website says. It is mainly a resource for the OU staff who design course materials.
They had an impressive array of games consoles (wii fit boards, 360s, PS3s, PSPs, DS Lites – etc), Mobile phones, PDAs, Macs to access Second Life on (with OU avatars to show visitors the educational islands), and much more. While we were there, some staff were working with the real-time, interactive education tool Elluminate, which looked very interesting.