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History & future
 
1999 3DLES is a division of Nixward New Media Creations that started in 1999 as an independant web designer, using html and Flash to create interactive websites for educational institutes.

Nixward New Media Creations

Nick Zwart - recording studio

2001 Nixward started a recording studio where sounds and music for multimedia, school projects, singers and musicals is composed, arranged and recorded.
2007 Investigated the use of virtual worlds for education and managed a Dutch educational island on Teen Second Life, commisioned by Digischool, where several projects and ideas were tested.
2009 Left TeenSL and started working on the Opensimulator grid of virtyou, building several Dutch educational projects like Chatterdale, the virtual English language village. More about the projects you can find at the project page.
2010 Nixward became member of EDUsim-NL, the Dutch virtual world for education. Implemented the basic Sloodle objects for the Opensimulator environment.
2011

jan.

3DLES was founded as a division of Nixward, which focuses on education in virtual worlds, project management, integration and adaption of social media and other services into virtual worlds, 3D-modeling and programming of buildings/facilities for education.

sep.

3DLES joins forces with virtyou GmbH from Germany. Read more...

nov.

3DLES wins European prize with virtual language villages of Digischool 3D. see: nickzwart.blogspot.com
2012
 

apr.

Research, scripting and building in OpenSim for a project of the University of Alcalá de Henares (Spain).

jul.

Lecturer (Opensim training) at the Summerschool of the University of Utrecht (NL) - Read the blog...

sep.

Speaker at SLanguages about Virtual Language Villages in OpenSim (SL) - Recording of the presentation

oct.

Lecturer (Opensim training) at the Summerschool of the University of Valencia (Spain) - More info...

nov.

Speaker at seminar 'Education in virtual worlds' at Surfnet in Utrecht (NL) - More info...

nov.

Speaker at MetaMeets 2012 in 's Hertogenbosch (NL) about the use of OpenSim - More info...
2013
 

jan.

Speaker at seminar 'Education in virtual worlds' at Surfnet in Utrecht (NL) - More info...
Speaker at Saganet seminar in Den Haag about Opensim and education - saganet.nl
3DLES became partner in new European TILA project - Telecolaboration for Intercultural Language Acquisition. Running, building, teaching and supporting a special educational OpenSim grid, the website, Moodle and Big Blue Button teleconferencing software.

mar.

Speaker at European Schools Projects Association in Gouda - www.europeanschoolsproject.org

jun.

3DLES grid used for research of a master student of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, about language education in virtual worlds.

sept.

3DLES grid used by 100+ German language students of Clearfield Area High School, in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.
2014

apr.

Speaker at 'Nationaal Congres Duits' at the Goethe-Institut in Amsterdam - nationaalcongresduits.nl

july

Guest teacher at the Gymnasium of Saarburg (Germany) for OpenSim project

sept.

Speaker at the University of Utrecht about the TILA project - www.tilaproject.eu

nov.

Speaker at Levende Talen in Utrecht - www.levendetalen.nl  

2015

mrt.

Speaker at the 'Nationaal Congres Duits' in Lunteren (NL) - nationaalcongresduits.nl

mrt.

Speaker at the 'Nationaal Congres Engels' in Ede (NL) - www.nationaalcongresengels.nl 

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Nick Zwart
Managing Director

Studied music, ICT and theology in Amsterdam (Fontys University) where he specialized in new media for religious education.
Has worked as a teacher in several schools and taught the master degree 'new media and religion' at Fontys University of Appleid Science in Amsterdam.
For more then a decade he works as a community manager for Kennisnet which is the leading expert when it comes to ICT in education in the Netherlands.
He also works for the University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain programming for language training in OpenSim.
Currently he holds the position of CEO of 3DLES, a company that is specialised in 3D Learning Experience Services with a focus on education in Opensim.


Lodewien Knottnerus
Creative Director
Studied arts and design in Utrecht. Specialised in virtual worlds design, texture creation, project management & control.


John van Meer
Technical manager
Studied at the Utrecht school of the Arts, MA Creative Design for Digital Cultures. Specialised in virtual worlds building and scripting.


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