All sessions of the VWBPE 2019 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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Host: Leticia De Leon (SL: Letty Luckstone), University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Description: Participants in this immersive experience will engage in an allegorical experience that is both storytelling and game. This underwater paradise needs heroes that will save the five kingdoms from a man-made destruction. Guided by a HUD and a mentor, all heroes who heed the call will travel to the five underwater kingdoms to piece together the story and undergirding real life issues. Those who engage with this experience may do so in storytelling or game mode.
Participants will be the hero in an allegory that follows an underwater path to the five kingdoms.
Participants will evaluate environmental issues in a five-kingdom challenge to win the game.
Access: In order to access this experience, you must download and install the Second Life viewer and create a free account with Second Life. See the conference website for information about setting up an Second Life account. Once logged in, participants can teleport to this starting location in the VWBPE regions.
Location: Queen’s Herons Game Start
Accessibility: Speakeasy Hud tool, notecards
Presenter: Josain Zsun (avatar), Chilbo
Description: Expedition Central was a location providing links for avatars to travel and explore Second Life.
With Cyrus Hush, (Expedition Central founder), passing, no further maintenance can be done. Had a Trusted Friend been provided with account information, ownership could be transferred and pending projects could be completed. New information will be presented, based on previous discussions.
Participants will be able to designate a Trusted Friend to access and transfer project rights, when a user can no longer login.
Accessibility: Voice & SpeakEasy HUD Tool
Compass Point Discussion Presenters: Hsiao-Cheng (Sandrine) Han (SL: Kristy Handrick), University of British Columbia; Kwesi Yaro (SL: Banapeh); Diana Ihnatovych (SL: dianaihn); Jennifer Zhao (SL: JenniferZhao); Peisen Ding (SL: AAADeanAAA)
Description: Have educators considered online education in relation to students’ cultural differences? Does that even matter? In MOOCs with students coming from different cultural backgrounds, do students learn differently because their cultural background? Should educators address it? Should courses be designed differently based on students’ different cultural backgrounds? Why or why not? This roundtable discussion will talk about how and why it is important to consider culture differences in education.
Cultural difference in learning
Cultural difference in online education
Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool
Hosts: Stasia Weston (Aevalle Galicia); Belladonna Laveau (Belladonna Yarrowroot); Stacia Sylvester (Stacia Abonwood); Isidora LaVeau (IsidoraKite Resident); Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary
Description: In this immersive experience, we’ll start by providing a short orientation and then allowing visitors to go through a variation of one of the healing/blessing rituals set up to be self-paced. Our students learn how to prepare such rituals in the virtual world so that they will then have the skills to perform them for their interfaith / pagan communities in the real world. Notecards with important landmarks on the school’s sim will be provided, should visitors wish to explore further.
To demonstrate how we integrate a variety of technologies to provide a multi-layered educational experience.
To engage participants in a virtual ritual demonstration, created by our students.
Access: See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended. Skype will be used for an orientation to demonstrate the Moodle and Office 365 tools used by the school.
Accessibility: A written script will be available during the presentation.
Location: Sacred Cauldron
This venue will be available until 21 April for individual exploration after the presentation.