All sessions of the VWBPE 2019 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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Keynote Presenter: Dr. Tuncer Can, Istanbul University
Description: This presentation will look at how training teachers within Virtual Worlds could enhance innovation in the class and change the lives of real people by ensuring them real jobs. The skills acquired within Virtual Worlds are also leading to more innovation in teachers’ professional lives which leads to life-long development as well. The presentation will also summarize the influence of EU funded projects like CAMELOT and GUINEVERE on the foreign language teacher development.
Location: Main Auditorium
Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist
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.
Hosts: Heike Philp (Gwen Gwasi); Nick Zwart; Tuncer Can; Carol Rainbow; All – GUINEVERE Project
Description: Come join us for a visit to GUINEVERE island, built for EU funded GUINEVERE project. GUINEVERE stands for “Games Used IN Engaging Virtual Environments for Real-time language Education” with 5 European partners who spend 2 years developing a teacher training course for language educators. GUINEVERE (2017-2019) aims to demonstrate the potential of digital game-based learning in 3D immersive environments in order to improve teaching and learning outcomes in foreign languages. We developed a sim with quests and games. You are invited to play.
Learn to practise teamwork trying to solve the quests.
Access: Open Sim. If you do not have an OpenSim avatar as of yet, you can register it here http://world.guinevereproject.eu/help/register.html. If you already have an Open Sim or Kitely avatar, hypergridding is enabled at the time of the event http://world.guinevereproject.eu:8002
Firestorm view is recommended: https://www.firestormviewer.org/downloads
Accessibility: Adobe Connect in parallel http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/guinevere
Hosts: Bethany Winslow (Bethany Winslow), Project Lead for CVL’s Hypergrid Resources Library; Valerie Hill (Valibrarian), Director, Community Virtual Library
Description: Embark on a hypergrid adventure and poker run to visit two Hypergrid Resource Libraries in development on the Kitely and Avacon grids. This Community Virtual Library project will provide resources to help educators new to OpenSim to develop sustainable communities of practice across multiple virtual worlds. Help us test our hypergrid portals and give us your valuable feedback that will guide the ongoing development of the library in both locations. Plus, the best poker hand wins a prize!
Participants will be able to find this growing resource, and hopefully be inspired to get involved!
Participants will be able to understand how these resources will help educators new to OpenSim.
This venue will be available for individual exploration. Visit whenever you like, as often as you wish, from the weekend of the conference through Sunday April 21st. Enter the prize drawing by taking an in-world screenshot of your best poker hand. Email your screenshot to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than midnight Sunday April 21, 2019. The best hand wins as-yet-to-be- determined prize!
Access: This event starts in Kitely, then we will be hypergridding to the library branch in Avacon grid. Hypergridding means jumping from a grid hosted on one server to another grid, which can be on another server, located anywhere in the world! Choose one of the following options to start in Kitely:
1. Create a new free account on the Kitely grid OR
2. Use an existing OpenSim Avatar/Account to hypergrid to Kitely
Follow the steps below, or watch this short tutorial video: Find the CVL Hypergrid Library via a Kitely Account (3:12) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ich4LPkYIZE&feature=youtu.be
a. Create a free account with Kitely – https://www.kitely.com/
b. Download and install an OpenSim enabled version of the Firestorm viewer -https://www.firestormviewer.org/downloads/
c. Login to Kitely and use the world map to search for Cookie II
d. At the Cookie II welcome station, walk toward the large map that shows an aerial view of the whole region. The Hypergrid Resources Library is the second grid from the left at the top of the map.
e. Click directly on that part of the map to teleport to the library.
NOTE: If you have any difficulties, please see this written tutorial (with five short videos) – http://www.newmediaarts.org/home/projects/have-a-r-t-will-travel/ (New Media Arts sponsors the Community Virtual Library) or refer to the Kitely article: How to Enter Kitely Virtual Worlds – https://kitely.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/doc/pages/4849666/How+to+Enter+Kitely+Virtual+Worlds
You can use an existing OpenSim account to search for and hypergrid to Kitely using the URL http://grid.kitely.com:8002. Then search and teleport to Cookie II. At the welcome station you will find a map to teleport directly to the CLV Hypergrid Library.
Follow the steps below, or watch this short tutorial video: Find the CVL Hypergrid Library via OS Grid (1:59) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJnFOq0t20g&feature=youtu.be
a. Login to OpenSim and pull up the world map. (From the top tool bar in Firestorm, click on World, then World Map or use the map icon in the lower tool bar.)
b. Search for http://grid.kitely.com:8002 and then click Teleport.
c. At the Kitely welcome station pull up the world map and search for Cookie II and click to teleport. (NOTE: You may get a notice that the teleport failed, but that’s normal. It just means the world is booting up.)
d. At the welcome area for Cookie II, walk toward the large map that shows an aerial view of the whole region. The Hypergrid Resources Library is the second island from the left at the top of the map.
e. Click directly on that part of the map to teleport to the library.
Accessibility: SpeakEasy HUD Tool