VWBPE Calendar

All sessions of the VWBPE 2019 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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Mar
24
Sun
2019
The Design of Virtual Reality Art Galleries
Mar 24 @ 06:00 PM – 06:30 PM

Host: Steve Guynup (SL: SteveG), Hayfield Isovista
Description: This presentation using VRChat covers the design history of online 3D art galleries. Early work in VRML / SL and current efforts in Sansar / VRChat are covered in a design oriented discussion. Game design and early cinema history underpin the ideas presented. The presentation itself is, in a sense, an interactive 3D slideshow. 2D slides, 3D objects, 3D rooms, and 3D landscapes are sequentially dropped in front of the virtual audience who then are guided through the emergent spaces. The presentation method is simple, yet novel and worth seeing. If you would like to bring your class for a visit, let the host know.
Participants will gain a bit of history and design theory regarding the development of virtual space

Access: Participants will need a Steam Account and/or a VRChat account and either Steam or the Oculus Addon. VRChat needs to be installed:  https://vrchat.com/  
VRChat & Steam update often, please provide time to check. You must visit one VRChat world (such as your home) before web URLs will work. You may want to explore the space beforehand. A Steam account or Oculus Rift app may also be needed. The work is best suited to viewing with an Oculus Rift or Vive, but neither is required. PC only, no Mac version. The work exists in Unity and resolution can be adjusted pressing [ESC] while loading.
This art gallery location is open for exploration before and after the session. Additional sessions of the presentation are available by appointment. Contact steve at isovista.org

Location / web URL: http://isovista.org/liveworlds/vrportals   
Choose the Isovista Classroom link

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Mar
25
Mon
2019
VCARA: Participate. Educate. Innovate.
Mar 25 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Host: Alyse Dunavant-Jones (SL: AlyseDunavantJones), Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration, School of Information, San Jose State University
Description: Participants will explore the U-See-Um exhibit and interact with diverse media to answer questions about the evolution of SJSU iSchool’s VCARA as an immersive learning space with content related to virtual worlds, education, information science and archives. Then participants will navigate through the 10-story Archivium, interacting with past VCARA conference presentations including slideshows, video, text, and audio to receive a prize at the top.
Participants will locate exhibit content to identify key aspects of immersive education history.
Participants will encounter and analyze interactive content while navigating an immersive landscape.

Access: This event takes place in Second Life. See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended. Alternatively, users can watch simulcast via Zoom (hosted by VCARA). Information will be provided.
Location / SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SJSU%20SLIS/47/83/33
Accessibility: SpeakEasy HUD Tool
This venue will be available for individual exploration after the presentation.

Apr
4
Thu
2019
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
6
Sat
2019
Metaphorical insights with Symbolic Modeling
Apr 6 @ 09:00 AM – 10:20 AM

Hands on Workshop Presenters: Niela Miller (SL: Marly Milena), Educators and Trainers; Janie Teague-Urbach (SL: Katsii Tennen), Support and Help Communities
Description: We will show some short films demonstrating the use of Symbolic Modeling (SymMods) in areas of education, personal / professional development and creative expression, and discuss the theoretical basis and approach to applying metaphorical thinking in virtual teaching/learning. We will demonstrate some examples of this approach in the session. We will introduce an opportunity for being trained in facilitating the use of SymMods in virtual learning environments, particularly Second Life.

Participants will be able to understand how metaphorical thinking can enhance learning
Participants will be able to recognize and discuss possible applications to their own endeavors

Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Apr
13
Sat
2019
Creative Expression at CVL’s Music Library
Apr 13 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Hosts: Alyse Dunavant-Jones (AlyseDunavantJones), Community Virtual Library, New Media Arts; Niela Miller (Marly Milena), OCTAGON:Creative Exploration, Virtual Inspiration Island

Description: Participants will visit the Community Virtual Library’s new Music Library. The experience will begin with an introduction to the space and explanation of Symbolic Modeling (developed by Marly Milena of Octagon:Creative Exploration). Inspired by music and each other, participants will build a group sculpture, engage in discussion, and learn how CVL will use Symbolic Modeling in the future. Basic building help will be provided for participants new to building / creating art in Second Life.
Participants will be able to interact with the varying media in CVL’s Music Library collection.
Participants will create a community sculpture to contribute to CVL’s new Music Library.

Access: Second Life: See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended. Alternatively, users can watch simulcast via Zoom (hosted by lead presenter).

Accessibility: Speakeasy Hud tool used by presenters. Discussion in text chat. Links to sheet music will be provided for music used as symbolic modeling inspiration. Participants will have the option of using the music, discussion, or other contributions to the sculpture as inspiration.