VWBPE Calendar

All sessions of the VWBPE 2020 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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Mar
16
Fri
2018
Virtual Self-Directed Learning Workshops
Mar 16 @ 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Presenter:
Yen Verhoeven/TheoreticallyBlue Resident (Avatar)
Educators and Trainers

We present an overview on the design and implementation of self-directed learning (SDL) workshops in Second Life. Using the popular project-based workshops taught by Blu Heron at the Builder’s Brewery as a model, come learn about how SDL may be implemented in innovative ways, where students work at their own pace on their own projects in an immersive classroom environment. SDL theories, processes, and practical applications will be discussed.

Participants will be able to understand the research-based theory and practice of SDL.
Participants will be able to apply concepts from an SDL-based model toward classroom practice.

Track: Creativity and Innovation in Design, Practice, and Learning
Format: Spotlight Presentation
Accessibility: Voice & Provide a written script during the presentation

Mar
17
Sat
2018
Avatars as Data Points
Mar 17 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Presenters:
Mary Ellen Gordon/Pebbles Hannya (Avatar)
Educators and Trainers

Aaron Griffiths/Isa Goodman
Coders, Scripters, and System/IT Analysts

This presentation will introduce a new approach to teaching basic data science by using avatars as data points in data visualizations. The approach is intended to make this topics more approachable — particularly for those who may have math anxiety or limited prior quantitative background.

Participants will be able to conceptualize how virtual worlds can be used to teach basic data science concepts.
Participants will be able to access four data visualizations in Second Life to enhance their own understanding of basic data science or to help others do so.

Track: Creativity and Innovation in Design, Practice, and Learning
Format: Spotlight PresentationFormat: Spotlight Presentation
Accessibility: Voice & SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Apr
4
Thu
2019
Feather in your cap: Achievement and recognition
Apr 4 @ 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Presenter: Renne Emiko Brock (SL: Zinnia Zauber), Peninsula College

Description: Imparting knowledge and acknowledgment is vital for encouraging curiosity and confidence in students. To hit the target, one must aim higher to reach their mark and earn a symbol of achievement. Increase challenges and customize learning outcomes with personalized projects that enhance motivation and demonstrate skill proficiency, ownership, and valued contribution. Capability is the cap and the earned feathers are their virtual creative problem solving and multimedia communication successes.

Create challenges focused on student motivation to energize and increase their learning potential.
Develop a visual or increased access reward system to demonstrate student’s accomplishments.

Accessibility: Voice and Speakeasy Hud tool

Science Circle: Innovators in global science education
Apr 4 @ 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Compass Point Round Table Discussion
Presenters: Mike Shaw (SL: Shawza Tunwarm), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Matthew Burr (SL: Beragon Betts); Robert Knop (SL: Prospero Frobozz); Vic Michalak (SL: Phil Youngblood); Steven van Hook (SL: Kip Roffo)
Description: The Science Circle is a 10 year old alliance of scientists, educators, students, and science enthusiasts who collaborate to share knowledge and promote open source education worldwide. Our mission is to enhance science understanding through interdisciplinary dialog via virtual environments and social media. We continue to collaborate with educators and researchers to re:envision innovative ways to attract and engage a diverse people and ideas, while working to solve technological and user issues.
Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to see how Virtual Worlds can facilitate open-source STE(A)M education.
2. Participants will be able to consider the interplay between VWs and the toolbox of social media.

Apr
6
Sat
2019
Under the Sea Adventure
Apr 6 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Come explore the beautiful underwater area of the social sim. This is your chance to be a mermaid or merman! There are free outfits available and volunteers will be available to help ease you into your mermaid/merman experience. Enjoy the beautiful plants and animals while you ride the undersea scooter, explore the ocean floor, and find hidden prizes.  Be sure to grab a seahorse and explore with us or just enjoy our mer dances in the Merfolk area. We hope you join us Under the Sea!