VWBPE 2015: Crossroads

VWBPE 2015: Crossroads Use of 3D virtual technology has been making its way into mainstream education, non-profit and business settings. This 8th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference (VWBPE15) is the definitive event bringing together educators/trainers, practitioners, administrators and policy makers from around the world to present, discuss and review ongoing developments in the field of 3D virtualization, its applications, and opportunities.

Over 3,300 people from 45 countries attended our last conference. There were 80 presentations in three days including keynote addresses by Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab and Philip Rosedale, Second Life creator and CEO of High Fidelity.

In just the past several years, over 60 hours of video footage has been captured and has been made available free to the academic community in addition to other video broadcasts, with thousands of views.

Similarly, blogs, articles and interviews, wiki’s, vast amounts of social media posts have reached thousands of other educators and related professionals around the world, which has fostered an ongoing interest in the importance of the conference, its reach, and effects.

Join us and be a part of this conference! Watch this website for updates and follow us on our social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


Come to the Crossroads: VWBPE 2015 is Open

VWBPE 2015 Welcome Over the past few weeks we have released announcements of our keynotes and featured speakers, Quadrivium discussions, and featured panels. Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab, will open the conference today at 1:00 PM PDT. If you’re unable to attend a keynote address, featured speaker or featured panel, visit our Watch page to view these presentations.

With “Crossroads” as the theme this year, we are pleased to host a gathering of such a broad array of session offerings. They will engage, intrigue, and perhaps inspire us to come away with a renewed sense of purpose for our work in the field of education. Even those of us who are not educators will feel the impact of the content at this conference.

We invite you to join us at the VWBPE Crossroads, which is now open to the public. We have a complete calendar of all happenings at the conference, from keynote addresses to hands-on workshops to panels and discussions. Interspersed throughout the four days of the event, you will also find opportunities to relax, have fun, watch machinima and socialise.


VWBPE Post-Conference: Virtual World Explorations – 2015

Where do educators create virtual world environments that enhance teaching and learning?

To answer that, we will have five educational teams hosting virtual tours to explore what they and their students have been creating.

Some tours have special requirements for connecting to their environment and our hosts have provided an overviews. Click on each tour link below (or on the event in the conference calendar) for more information and for ‘how to join’ instructions.

We invite you to join us and hope you can share your learning experiences with our social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Flickr) using the hashtag: #VWtours.

It is important to note that you should be at the tour location 15 minutes before we start. If you have difficulties or questions, please contact LoriVonne Lustre at Lorraine_mockford@yahoo.ca.

Here is the schedule for the tours in the three weeks post-conference:

1. Friday 27 Mar 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM SLT (60 min)
Tour of the University of the West of England Simulations, UWE Islands, Second Life

2. Saturday 28 Mar 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM SLT (120 min)
VRcampus – A Unity3D-based online MMO focusing on quick orientation for new users, large-scale campus use, and private branding with safe controlled-access VRcampus, Unity3D

3. Monday 30 Mar 4:00 – 5:00 PM SLT (60 min)
Afro-Latino Foodways Museum: A Class Final Project, UTEP Miners, Second Life

4. Thursday 09 Apr 4:00 – 5:00 PM SLT (60 min)
Meeting of the Minds Walking Tour, Dreamworld Sea, Second Life

5. Saturday 11 Apr 9:00 – 10:30 AM SLT (90 min)
Inspiration Island: Home of the Ageless Mind Project in Second Life, Inspiration Island, Second Life


Meet Me at the Crossroads!

VWBPE Gateway Coffee House En route to finding your seat for Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg’s opening keynote of the VWBPE 2015 Conference, you will arrive near the VWBPE Gateway Coffee House. Meet up with friends to register and review the VWBPE 2015 conference calendar to plan your slate of presentations and workshops to attend. Don’t forget to snag a swag bag of goodies before moving on to the VWBPE Main Auditorium.

The Welcome Reception is the place to mingle before the “Meet Me At The Crossroads” pre-show. When you think of “crossroads”, you have to think Eric Clapton! Nobody plays it better than Eric. As a tribute, Lightning Productions will present cover artists performing the tunes of Eric Clapton, the Yardbirds, and Cream at the opening concert. “Black Tie and Blue Denim” is the suggested dress code at this event.

The stage is now set for the opening keynote presentation of the 8th annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference.

House @ Blue's Interspersed throughout the conference will also be live performances at The House @ Blue’s Corner Pub with tunes by Grif Barmaisin, Scarlett LaRoux, and Lightnin Lowtide for your dancing and listening pleasure, and informal dances on the Chilbo Education Sim in Second Life, in AvaCon Grid, and at the Mango Yacht Club in Second Life with DJ favourite Coz Okelly.

The Quill and Quarrel Theater Company will present “Almost Maine” on Friday evening. This is a formal, black tie event. Join us on the red carpet at the reception before the live theater performance.

For World of Warcraft veterans and first-timers alike, the Inevitable Betrayal Instructors will host a Retro Raid World of Warcraft Social, US, Cenarion Circle, Horde Faction, Sunspire at Sunstrider Isle. Be sure to RSVP to Abacus Capalini to get your character name and additional instructions for a truly WoW experience.

VWBPE Drive-In The VWBPE15 Machinima Showcase will show 38 remarkable machinimas playing continuously at the VWBPE Drive-In. These machinimas include both short and feature-length films, digital stories, documentaries, tutorials, trailers, and game-play videos. A panel of experts will spotlight some of our favorite clips during the Machinima Showcase.

A Scavenger Hunt leading enthusiasts through some of our favourite virtual education sims offers a chance to win more than 5,500 Lindens in prizes. Wend your way through the Exhibits area in a Cross Country Bike Race, play virtual games at the Gateway, take your picture with your friends at the Abbey Road photo booth, and explore the Independent State of Caledon while on the Caledon Quest Hunt.

The closing concert will feature tribute performances of the music of Eric Claption and The Dominos, again with the suggested “Black Tie and Blue Denim” dress code.

You can view our entire social schedule on the VWBPE 2015 conference calendar. The Categories dropdown filter lets you select “Social-15” and other categories to see the dates, times and other details. An events notecard will be in your swag bag as well.

A lot of FUN activities and events await you at VWBPE! Enjoy the opportunity to network, meet old friends and make new ones during this conference which promises to be the very best yet!