VWBPE Calendar

All sessions of the VWBPE 2019 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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Apr
4
Thu
2019
Kick Off and Ribbon Cutting
Apr 4 @ 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM

Join us at the Gateway for Kick Off Event of VWBPE 2019.  This is a time to socialize and network with friends, old and new, while enjoying the lovely piano music of Ari (Arisia Vita). The Conference Executive and Organization Committees will share a few of the upcoming highlights. Executive Director, Phelan Corrimal, will officially start the conference with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. You will also have time to explore and enjoy the exhibits.  Be sure to check for the Exhibit Scavenger Hunt Notecard in your Swag Bag. There will be a prize for completion!

Making Connections Parade
Apr 4 @ 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

The VWBPE Annual Parade is a great way to start our social plans! Meet us at the Lighthouse near Gateway and travel over the new bridge built just for this event!  Together we will re:Vision this parade as we make our way over to the social sim. Be sure to look for your special parade t-shirt in your swag bag for this fun event!

Meet us at this location a few minutes before we start! Making Connections Parade Start

Music and Dancing – re:Vision The Oldies
Apr 4 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

Our parade will end in the main building on the social sim with a fun-filled concert and dancing with DJ Coz Okelly who will spinning the NEW Oldies music from the 80’s!  Many pop stars emerged in the 80’s including Madonna and Prince. You are sure to hear these superstars and more. So, whether you want to do the Macarena or the Moonwalk, there will be lots of fun for all!

Design thinking for education in online education
Apr 4 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Compass Point Discussion Presenters: Hsiao-Cheng (Sandrine) Han (SL: Kristy Handrick), University of British Columbia; Yi Meng (SL: Emma de Pizan); Wenyi Gong (SL: Hermione524); Peisen Ding (SL: AAADeanAAA)
Description: Our team seeks to create a revision for education from the design perspective. We consider online/virtual education as being a design process. What if educators only lectured at a minimum, spending more time with students as they find problems, gather information, brainstorm ideas, plan solutions, test their hypotheses, and improve the design? Virtual worlds provide the best environment for students and instructors to engage in the design thinking process.

  • Design thinking as education
  • Design thinking for education

Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Apr
5
Fri
2019
Morning Unconference
Apr 5 @ 08:00 AM – 08:50 AM

What’s an Unconference? It’s an unconventional conference within the VWBPE conference! We use Twitter and local chat to engage in dialogue about the topics that were discussed the previous day. Watch this space for topic updates and hashtags – updated Thursday evening – then join us on the Social Plaza and / or on Twitter and help us unpack what we have learned so far.

Unconference rules:
Rule 1: Whoever shows up are the right people
Rule 2: Whatever happens is fine
Rule 3: Whenever it starts is the right time
Rule 4: It is over when it’s over

Virtual hunts for virtual detectives
Apr 5 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Presenter: Mary Howard (SL: mrshoward118), Grand Island Central School District
Description: Virtual environments provides extraordinary opportunities to engage students in instruction. From building to immersive experiences, students can receive tremendous benefits from the use of virtual worlds. Learn how an Open Sim experience helped inspire and reinforce learning in the classroom from the inception of the grant to the wonderful opportunities it has afforded students with virtual scavenger hunts and exploratory learning opportunities.

To share virtual scavenger hunts as used in a middle school classroom.

Location: Lecture Area B
Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Live Music at the Social Building
Apr 5 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Join us at the main social building to listen and dance to the music of live singer Jeffah. Jeff has performed all over the RL world, and quickly became a fan favorite in SL. You will especial enjoy his attention to detail and explicit emotion in each song. Whether you like rock, pop, or jazz, Jeff will sing your requests. Come and experience a musical journey as this multi-award winning vocalist performs songs the way they were truly intended to be heard!

Location: Social Building

Exhibit Tour and Scavenger Hunt
Apr 5 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Meet us on the social sim for an exclusive tour of the exhibits.  Working in groups we will start the exhibit scavenger hunt if you haven’t already and work through it together. You will have plenty of time to finish it later in order to get the fabulous prize!

Location: Social Plaza
Exhibitors, this would be a great time for you to be at your booth!

Culture and education for peace in times of 3-Dimensional Immersive Digital Environments (3D-IDEs)
Apr 5 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Presenter: Christian Jonathan Angel Rueda (SL: ecoonis), Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro ; Juan Carlos Valdes Godin, (SL: interpres)
Description: The present work is based on the macro concept of 3D-IDEs, in specific virtual world environments, having the social and individual characteristics that could enhance the development of culture and peace in school contexts. The final reflections indicate that 3D-IDEs, especially virtual worlds, overcome the fact of information sharing through interaction of visual synthesis representation of the concepts of culture and education.

Participants will be able to understand how culture and education relate to peace.

Location: Lecture Area A
Accessibility: SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Learner-Generated Augmentation: Curriculum design with AR
Apr 5 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM

Presenter: Kenneth Y T Lim (SL: Veritas Raymaker),
Description: This presentation introduces an approach to the use of Augmented Reality (AR) in the design of learning environments, which foregrounds the surfacing of novice conceptions. Termed Learner-Generated Augmentation, the approach differs from the majority of current interventions with AR in that it does not presume upon the pre-design of learning artifacts by experts. In this way, it is more scalable and affordable than the approach that is currently default in the use of AR in learning.

Participants will be able to approach Learner-Generated Augmentation as a curriculum design paradigm

Location: Lecture Area B
Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Re-visioning interprofessional education in virtual worlds
Apr 5 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM

Presenters: Susan Toth-Cohen (SL: Zsuzsa Tomsen), Thomas Jefferson University; Anne C. Smith (SL: Annemaree Michigan), Five Sparrows Counseling and Educational Services.
Description: From their inception, virtual worlds have attracted educators from many disciplines, and benefits for both students and educators for networking and immersive experience have been well documented. But, while virtual world education has engaged multiple disciplines to learn with, from, and about each other, the potential for significant innovation in interprofessional education (IPE) has not been fully realized. This presentation outlines ways to re-vision and implement IPE in virtual worlds.

Participants will be able to describe ways to re-vision and implement IPE in virtual worlds
Participants will be able to discuss the utility of the flexible learning model for virtual training

Location: Lecture Area A
Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Red Carpet and Pre-show Experience
Apr 5 @ 05:00 PM – 05:30 PM

Most SLer’s love to dress up!  Put on your favorite fun and funky but low lag outfit and join us on the red carpet during our pre-show experience. You will have a chance to take photos with friends and mingle with other guests before the immersive performance by the Misfits begins. Come early to get a good seat and get your Misfit Dance Cam HUD –  you wear a HUD button and “they” control what you see! Now you can just sit back and enjoy the show!

Location: Misfits Forest Theater

Misfit Dance and Performance Art
Apr 5 @ 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM

Join JenzZa Misfit and her dance troupe; Dulcikate Noel, Phoebe (darkentippy), Kyradevon Graves, and RebeccaLynn Fhang for an amazing performance of “Misfit Follies” – Think Broadway in SL! Music! Dance! Sets! Costumes! Special Effects!

JenzZa Misfit is full of positive energy and this is her artistic expression. She hopes to bring some “happy” to all who experience it.  Come join us at this fun and professional show!

Location: Misfits Forest Theater

Apr
6
Sat
2019
Morning Unconference
Apr 6 @ 08:00 AM – 08:50 AM

What’s an Unconference? It’s an unconventional conference within the VWBPE conference! We use Twitter and local chat to engage in dialogue about the topics that were discussed the previous day. Watch this space for topic updates and hashtags – updated Friday evening – then join us on the Social Plaza and / or on Twitter and help us unpack what we have learned so far.

Unconference rules:
Rule 1: Whoever shows up are the right people
Rule 2: Whatever happens is fine
Rule 3: Whenever it starts is the right time
Rule 4: It is over when it’s over

Re-visioning art and design education: Nourishing collaborative creativity in virtual worlds
Apr 6 @ 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Compass Point Discussion Presenters: Yi Meng (SL: Emma de Pizan), Educators and Trainers; Xiangling Feng (SL: Belldance), Artists, Designers and Builders; Qian Wang (SL: Zoemmmua), Artists, Designers and Builders; Xinyi Wei (SL: Wuixinyi), Artists, Designers and Builders

Description: Today, much of the design work is collaborative and a group-oriented integrated process. This convergent process requires art and design education to provide new pedagogical spaces to nourish students’ creativity in a more collaborative sense. This presentation draws upon an empirical study and includes the teacher-researcher and three students-participants. They will use their own virtual world teaching and designing experience to elaborate how this technology affected collaborative creativity.

Participants will gain information about promoting collaborative creativity in art and design education

Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

The significance of virtual archaeology
Apr 6 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM

Presenter: Marion Smeltzer (SL: Nova Saunders), Educators and Trainers, VIBE
Description: Virtual archaeology has expanded with new features and landscapes representing archaeological and historical places that have been part of “real world” archaeological research. Any proposed computer-based visualization will always aim to improve aspects related to the science, research, conservation or dissemination of our archaeological heritage.

Participants will be able to view examples of archaeological computer-based visualizations
Participants will be able to explore additional resources relating to historic and cultural preservation

Accessibility: Slides will be made available

Blue Mars on Virtual Harmony for agile mindsets
Apr 6 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Presenters: Cynthia Calongne (SL: Lyr Lobo), Educators and Trainers; Andrew Stricker (SL: Spinoza Quinnell), Educators and Trainers

Description: Join us for Blue Mars on Virtual Harmony, a 3D OpenSimulator game. The game blends NASA data with science fiction, uses situated learning to solve complex and complicated challenges, and an AI-augmented mindset. It features an Enigma analytics engine, dynamically-generated results from the Mars Ontology, and the game ranks player responses. This is the 3rd game in the Mars Expedition, a $25,000 Grand Prize Winner in the 2010 Federal Virtual World Challenge at Defense GameTech.

Participants will be able to examine the design of a game simulation kit with AI using OpenSim
Participants will be able to identify how to use the game simulation kit for education

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Re/visioning virtual education
Apr 6 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Compass Point Discussion Presenters: Hsiao-Cheng (Sandrine) Han (SL: Kristy Handrick), Educators and Trainers; Junsong Zhang (SL: Junsongz), Educators and Trainers; Kyle Stooshnov (SL: StrangeSensei), Educators and Trainers; Fabian Frahlich (SL: Fironboy), Educators and Trainers

Description: This roundtable discussion/presentation focuses on how to revision both teaching and learning in virtual world. With the emergence of VR, AR, and MR technology, it is important to rethink the use of virtual world for teaching and learning in a way that connect skills learned in virtual world to other technology. Is there a common ground for all realities? We will focus on project-based learning in virtual world that fosters creativity, problem-solving skills, collaboration, and deep reflection.

Expanding the possibility for future virtual education

Accessibility: Voice and Speakeasy Hud tool

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!

Gamification of education: The roles of collaboration and virtual identity
Apr 6 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Presenter: Brant Knutzen (SL: MrK Kas), Educators and Trainers
Description: This project is an investigation of the factors which affect the engagement and satisfaction of learners using a multi-user virtual immersive environment. The focus is on the roles that the social construction of knowledge, and a virtual identity, play in influencing the decision of learners to continue exploring a virtual environment for solutions to problems. Can the gamification of tasks effectively motivate learners to continue? I invite you to try my new game in SL and see what you think!

Participants will be able to socially collaborate on solving problems in a virtual world
Participants will be able to form a new identity to solve problems in a virtual world

Accessibility: None provided by speaker

Live Music Performance
Apr 6 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Relax with us at the Main Auditorium before the Closing Ceremony and enjoy the music of Samm Quendra.  Samm describes herself as just a simple, ordinary girl who loves to sing. She believes that everything that comes from the heart touches the heart. Samm enjoys impacting the listener’s life with her music. She connects her audience to the heartfelt messages in every song. Come and listen to this talented performer!

Closing Ceremony
Apr 6 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Join us as we reflect upon the highlights of the conference, with closing remarks from Phelan Corrimal and other VWBPE Committee Chairs. This event is hosted by the one and only Pooky Amsterdam, CEO of Pooky Media. The 2019 Thinkerer Award Recipient will be named during this ceremony. Come celebrate your experiences with your colleagues from this amazing conference.

Dick Clark Tribute Concert
Apr 6 @ 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Heaven is Full of Music! Re:Vision great musicians of the past while joining Lightning Productions and the Dick Clark American Bandstand tribute show.  Come dance with us in the clouds as Dick Clark brings back your favorite musicians. For this special show you will travel to an ethereal set in the sky. Dick Clark and his angels will greet you as the show unfolds with performers ranging from Louis Armstrong to Aretha Franklin. Enjoy Blues, Folk, Big Band, Rock, Hip Hop, Disco, and more. Join us dressed in the attire that represents your favorite decade of music – flapper, poodle skirts, tie-dye, etc… or come as you are for this fun evening of music and memories.

Dance The Night Away
Apr 6 @ 08:30 PM – 09:30 PM

Immediately following the American Bandstand Tribute Show, join us for a “Dance The Night Away” party! There is no better way to end the 2019 VWBPE conference than to dance, chat, and enjoy good company while DJ Coz keeps the party hopping with great tunes! This is your chance to share your favorite moments from VWBPE 2019 and hang out with your old and new friends.