Nuket Savaskan Nowlan is the President and Founder of 3D Virtual Crafting which specializes in developing remote learning opportunities in 3D immersive environments. Nuket has a Master of Engineering in Technology Innovation Management (TIM) from Carleton University (Canada) and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Boğaziçi Üniversitesi (Turkey). Ms. Nowlan is an experienced project manager and has overseen many immersive virtual world research projects including Tipontia (Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario), Persephone (Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario) and Carleton Virtual (Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario). Currently, Nuket is the technical advisor for Algonquin College’s 3D immersive campus project. Further expertise includes employee training and development, Web 2.0, Social Networks, 3D Avatar Based Virtual Worlds and Applications, Telecommunication and Networking, System Design and Testing, Project Management.
Ms. Nowlan has presented on the topic of virtual worlds and immersive learning environments at the Third Age Learning Conference 2011 (Capilano University), International Educational Technology Conference 2011 (Istanbul University), and Teaching and Learning in a Networked Era (Carleton University). She coauthored a paper with Dr. Ali Arya which was presented at EDULEARN 2011 (Spain) and attended the 2010 & 2011 Ubiquitous Learning conference in Vancouver and Berkley respectively. Further, Ms. Nowlan is the coauthor of Learning as an avatar: Designing immersive learning spaces and facilitating 3d learning experiences. This paper was presented by Peggy Hartwick at INTED 2012 (Spain).
Walter Krumshyn is an Information Technology professional with over 20 years of industry experience. He has extensive experience in 3D computer graphics, software development, project/people management, and IT infrastructure and services from both the private and public sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and has taken several graduate-level courses at various universities. He also received a Game Animation Certificate from Algonquin College.
Walter is currently the CTO for 3D Virtual Crafting which provides 3D interactive avatar-based solutions for education, government, business and industry. Previously he held various positions at Nortel, Cyberplex Africa, Statistics Canada, and Cybernius Ltd.
He also volunteered for various organization including Nortel LearniT/Kidz Online and Millennium Learning Centre where he provided free training to educational institutions and community centers. He is also an active member web.alive Genesis community providing input and delivering presentations in the virtual world.
Isinsu Sakalli is a graduate from University of Toronto St. George Campus with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Bioethics. She has a broad background working as a records manager, project assistant, research assistant, sales associate, computer hardware and software technician and a tutor for many years. Her previous positons were at University of Toronto and Istanbul University.
Isinsu has became a part of the 3D Virtual Crafting team and is working as the Design Coordinator. Assisting teams with product development, advertising, environment and content design, marketing, troubleshooting and customer interaction.
Peggy Hartwick is a language Instructor at Carleton University and specializes in English for Academic Purposes with a particular focus on developing oral communication, academic writing, and research skills. Peggy has a Master of Arts in Applied Language Studies from Carleton University (Ottawa), a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CTESL), and is pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Educational Technology at Concordia University. Peggy is an experienced language teacher and educational program and test developer at the post secondary level. This includes creating and executing blended course delivery using traditional, online and virtual teaching environments. Her research interests include diagnostic and portfolio based assessment, needs based targeted instruction and online, immersive, virtual learning.
Peggy is involved in key initiatives pertaining to language development, instruction and assessment. In 2011, she helped to develop a set of evaluation tools for the Portfolio-Based Language (PBLA) Field Test in Ottawa (Citizen and Immigration Canada). Additionally, she designed and piloted a 3D language learning module and a diagnostic, needs-based portfolio assessment with her students. Other initiatives include the development of a language and communication skills program and assessment protocol for International Teaching Assistants. In 2012, Peggy presented on the use of 3D virtual learning environments for language learning at a symposium at Carleton University and at the International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED 2012) in Spain. She has coauthored a paper entitled Learning as an avatar: Designing immersive learning spaces and facilitating 3D learning experiences, a second paper based on her experience with Carleton Virtual and a chapter on portfolio based language instruction and in an edited book entitled Classroom Based Language Assessment.
Currently, Nuket Nowlan and Peggy Hartwick are working on an exciting project with the School of Linguistics and Language Studies at Carleton University. In collaboration with their technical partners, they are developing an immersive, 3D Language and Cultural non-credit ESL course. Other projects and initiatives include working on several 3D immersive projects with Canadian Defense Academy and multiple healthcare teams worldwide.