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.

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East Is East

OH, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth!

Rudyard Kipling’s epic poem identifies a fundamental tenet of meeting at the crossroads of our journeys: all people are equal regardless of life circumstances. We bring to those connections only what we have with us. All else stands naked in the light of our intersection. What we bring to those crossroads is a choice.

The same holds true in every educational setting. We have choices in how we approach those crossroads, how we enter, how we interact, how we leave, and where we go afterwards. We can choose to bring the baggage of our prior understanding with us, or we can choose to leave it behind.

As educators, we can exert influence on those crossroads. We can represent a positive, unadulterated, and reaffirming experience, providing new perspectives on how to view and learn from their past experiences. Or, we can let our charges enter the scene carrying the weight of past experiences which can blind them to the transformative power of connections. How we prepare our students prior to entering those crossroads is as important as the learning experience itself.

The Japanese call this “ba” or “basho”: the concept that the place of learning impacts the ability to describe experience based on dichotomies of subject–object, idealism–realism, or experience–reality. “Ba” also provides a means to overcome the biases that we bring to learning based on these dichotomies. It is being epic, going beyond the stage, forming new connections and opening one’s mind to possibilities that are not pre-defined in either black and white or shades of grey, but in vibrant color.

Virtual environments allow us to expand and relate concepts that we cannot explore through traditional means. With their richly dimensional tool-sets of experiences, we can expose learners to mind-opening, enlightening knowledge. They are crossroads of place and substance, which we hope you will share with us on this journey of discovery.


Advancing Innovation through Sponsorship

Best Practices in Education are at the forefront of a technically savvy revolution that is creating inspiring innovation in the classroom.

This revolution adds momentum to the intersection where academic learning meets a student’s willingness to engage in simulations which build moral character, leadership ability, and critical thinking.

Be a part of these exciting trends by helping support a conference for educators who use leading edge tools and techniques in the classroom. The VWBPE conference reaches over 3000 educators from around the world who are advancing these educational techniques.

Your donation will be used to help us create open-sourced, peer-reviewed archives which extend well beyond the 3-4 days of the conference, as well as permit teachers and educators to learn how to work with changing technologies in the classroom.

In addition, your brand recognition will expand well beyond a simple 4 day conference given that it will be part of the public record and accessible through the US Library and Archives. You can view past conference proceedings at the Journal of Virtual Studies.

There is no better investment than in educating the future leaders in advanced education, so learn today how to become a sponsor for the 8th Annual Best Practices in Education Conference.