All sessions of the VWBPE 2019 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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Host: Brant Knutzen (SL: MrK Kas), University of Hong Kong
Description: You have been recruited to join the Agency, to stop dark forces from diverting the river of time.
Your team is forming up to teleport into the Nautilus, a submarine hidden on the edge of the Republic of Venice in the year 1600.
You must work as a group to find clues to the disappearance of Captain Nemo, and don dive suits to explore the ocean floor and reveal the mysterious beginnings of the dark force. Later, you will take command of the Black Pearl pirate ship, and stop the invasion of Venice!
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.
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.
You will need to register in order to play the game however. The URL for registering an account on the Moodle server to play the game in SL is: https://participativelearning.org/enrol/index.php?id=9 (or simply bit.ly/THE_AGENCY)
To register, click on the “Continue” button, then read the instructions and click the “Create new account” button.
Accessibility: Transcriptionist will be provided
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.
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.
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
Host: Cindy Bolero
Description: CERTsimulator (Beta) is an immersive multi-user online 3D disaster management training and practice platform. It is designed to utilize the FEMA Incident Command System (ICS), and for post Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training. It is a supplemental to real life field exercises. Besides collaborative team work within the 3D environments, the platform also serves as a presentation tool and as a small or large-scale conference venue.
Participants will learn of the advantages and challenges regarding special-use design.
Access and location:
This tour will be on a public grid (PG), and not on CERTsimulator’s private server. The environments are exactly the same, but the interface has more features and destinations that accompany the public grid. While this virtual world does run on web browsers, but is more full featured with a client player download.
1. Start here to create an account: https://sine.space/signup/refer/MjEwNjM3NA
2. Download the client player, AFTER creating account at Step 1 – https://sine.space/download
3. Install and launch the SineSpace client player
4. Enter Username & Password
5. Upon arriving in the Community Welcome Area, find either the Explore button (Lower left) or Search field (Top)
6. Enter “CERTsim Gateway” to find the CERTsim gateway region. Select Enter from Search results, to teleport.
Notes about Windows & Mac:
Because the platform is in Beta, some Window’s users may get a potential virus notice upon install. Not to worry. Its just automated response and there is no threat. For Mac users, the install is painless, but some inworld features like webpage screens and video viewers inworld may not work.
Accessibility: text chat