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
Presenters: Alyse Dunavant-Jones (SL: AlyseDunavantJones), Advocacy and NonProfit; Valerie Hill (SL: Valibrarian), Advocacy and NonProfit; Marie Vans (SL: amvans Lapis), Advocacy and NonProfit
Description: Through librarians’ perspectives, this presentation analyzes conflicting definitions of VR and virtual worlds and addresses friction between VR and 3D virtual world developers and users. The presentation contrasts two free, desktop-compatible VR worlds (AltspaceVR and Sansar) and summarizes the state of communities in these worlds vs. 3D virtual worlds like Second Life. Ultimately, it proposes best practices for future educational collaboration and digital citizenship across virtual platforms.
Participants will be aware of the complex relationship between VR and virtual worlds
Participants will understand advantages, challenges, and tips for collaborating with VR proponents
Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool
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