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
KEYNOTE :: Paraethnographic film as mode of education: Lessons from disability in virtual worlds
Apr 4 @ 09:30 AM – 10:20 AM

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Tom Boellstorff, University of California Irvine
https://vwbpe.org/conference/keynotes-and-speakers-2019
Description: What possibilities do virtual worlds hold for film as a mode of education? To explore this question I will discuss Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is Me, a documentary by Bernhard Drax. This film chronicles my research on disability and virtual worlds, but the filmmaker was given creative control: my collaborator (Donna Z. Davis) and I appear in the film and helped guide its themes, but made no decisions regarding the film’s final content. The filmmaker’s extensive work included meeting interlocutors in the physical world that the researchers met only online, as well as crafting a narrative about disability and virtual embodiment that comments on rather than replicates the scholarly narrative. I will discuss specific techniques like “virtual reenactment” and “virtual staging” that Drax used in making Our Digital Selves, and reflect on how what I term “paraethnographic film”—film created through a triple collaboration between community members, ethnographers, and filmmakers—holds great potential for virtual education.
BE SURE TO WATCH Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is Me (Bernhard Drax / Draxtor Despres, 2018).

Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist

Apr
5
Fri
2019
Perspectives on virtual professional learning communities
Apr 5 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Presenter: Vasili Giannoutsos (SL: Bluebarker Lowtide), Virginia Society of Technology in Education (VSTE)
Description: A look at over a decade of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) online in forum, virtual worlds, and video hangouts. From participant to leader, the journey of an experienced virtual PLC member always take such unexpected roles. We will be looking at various ideas, roles, and positions that users can take in these various digital settings. Where you can be engage in a community online yet; working on a research paper, texting colleagues, grading, and planning lessons; all at the same time. Hypertasking is the new norm.

Participants will be able to identify the different levels of engagement of online participants.
Participants will be able to reflect meaningfully on their own online experiences.

Location: Lecture Area A
Accessibility: Written script will be made available during the presentation

Quadrivium: Professional Learning Communities
Apr 5 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Moderator: Dauna Kiser (Ghaelen D’Lareh)
Assistant: Marie Vans (amvans lapis)
Description: How do you benefit from from engagement with professional learning communities (PLC)? Are your PLCs physical or virtual? How is this connected to professional development?  Bring your ideas to this Quadrivium discussion and and help us explore the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of PLCs.

Location: Quadrivium
Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist

Apr
15
Mon
2019
Digital Citizens around a Community Drum
Apr 15 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Hosts: Valerie Hill (Valibrarian Gregg), Community Virtual Library; Kara Bennett (Dancers Yao), Elder Voices
Description: As digital citizens, we each are journeying along a unique path with a personal story and perspective. Global digital participatory culture requires personal responsibilities for authenticity and ethics. Come learn about a storytelling community drum advocating digital citizenship. Share stories in a 3D learning environment.
Participants will witness various perspectives of digital citizenship through personal stories.
Participants will have an opportunity to voice their own digital citizenship stories.

Access: Second Life. See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended.
Accessibility: Speakeasy Hud tool

This venue will be available for individual exploration after the presentation.

Apr
19
Fri
2019
Digital Citizenship Museum in Kitely
Apr 19 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Hosts: Marie Vans (amvans lapis); Valerie Hill (Valibrarian Gregg); Alyse Dunavant-Jones (Antemeridian Discjockey); All – Community Virtual Library

Description: Participants will first participate in an interactive presentation that describes Digital Citizenship and the goals of the sim. Each of several buildings houses either a multi-media presentation or interactive slide show for a topic within Digital Citizenship. The interactive materials in each building were created by a variety of educators across the metaverse, bringing a diverse set of perspectives and ideas which we will then discuss near the end of the allotted time.
Participants will be able to disseminate information on what it means to be digital citizen in Virtual Worlds.
Participants will be able to voice meaningful suggestions on improving digital citizenship education.

Access: Digital Citizenship Museum in Kitely. The Digital Citizenship Museum is part of the series of Cookie II islands run by New Media Arts. You will need a Kitely avatar or can hypergrid with an OpenSim avatar. Create an account here: https://www.kitely.com/
Log into Kitely. Go to Cookie II. Go to Digital Citizenship Museum.
For detailed information about creating a Kitely avatar or hypergridding from OpenSim SEE the program entry:  CVL Presents: Hypergrid Resources Library Poker Run!
Location URL: In Kitely:  hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/644/899/22

Accessibility: Speakeasy Hud tool

This venue will be available for individual exploration after the presentation.