VWBPE Calendar

All sessions of the VWBPE 2020 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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Get Scrooged Redux: Explore A Christmas Carol 07:00 PM
Get Scrooged Redux: Explore A Christmas Carol
Mar 4 @ 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Get Scrooged Redux: Explore A Christmas Carol @ Second Life
Host: Brant Knutzen / MrK Kas,  University of Hong Kong Description: Meet in the Counting House as Scrooge introduces participants to Dicken’s classic Victorian novella: A Christmas Carol! Additional dialogue has been added to some[...]
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WW1: A Virtual Remembrance 01:00 PM
WW1: A Virtual Remembrance
Mar 10 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
WW1: A Virtual Remembrance @ Second Life
Host: Johannes1977 Resident Description: This experience will showcase key components of World War One in honor of the centenary of this epic event. Participants will go through a WW1 bunker and learn about life as[...]
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Venice in 1600 07:00 PM
Venice in 1600
Mar 11 @ 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Venice in 1600 @ Second Life
Host: Brant Knutzen / MrK Kas, University of Hong Kong Description: Based on findings from The Quest, this immersive experience introduces participants to the impact that an idealized virtual identity and the perception of a[...]
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Making Discoveries with SL Creative Processes 11:00 AM
Making Discoveries with SL Creative Processes
Mar 12 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Making Discoveries with SL Creative Processes @ Second Life
Host: Niela Miller / Marly Milena Description: Using arts-based processes and tools such as building shapes, digital art,and a drawing board, we will explore how the representation of ourselves and our experiences in and out[...]
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Volunteers Rock Kickoff 06:00 PM
Volunteers Rock Kickoff
Mar 14 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Volunteers Rock Kickoff @ Second Life
Volunteers, come join us to make sure you have what you need, get a picture taken of the group and dance to get us started for our next wonderful VWBPE Conference. This is the time[...]
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Opening Ceremony of VWBPE 2018 08:00 AM
Opening Ceremony of VWBPE 2018
Mar 15 @ 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM
Opening Ceremony of VWBPE 2018 @ VWBPE 2018 Gateway
Join us at the Gateway for Kick Off Event of VWBPE 2018.  This is a time to socialize and network with friends, old and new, while enjoying the lovely piano music of Arisia Vita. The Conference[...]
Identity, literacy, immersion and presence; joining together the building blocks of virtual world learning 09:30 AM
Identity, literacy, immersion and presence; joining together the building blocks of virtual world learning
Mar 15 @ 09:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Presenter: Mark Childs/Gann McGann (Avatar) What are the digital literacies that virtual worlds require and can everyone acquire them? What are some of the barriers which virtual worlds present to learners? How can avatars redefine[...]
The Minecraft VRevolution: Collaborative Learning 10:30 AM
The Minecraft VRevolution: Collaborative Learning
Mar 15 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Presenters: Katherine Hewett/TwelfthNight (Avatar) Educators and Trainers Mary O’Brien/Serena Offcourse Educators and Trainers Beth S. O’Connell/Beth Ghostraven Educators and Trainers Kim Harrison/Thunder Insippo Educators and Trainers The session features an panel of educators actively utilizing[...]
Social Sim Opening Parade 11:30 AM
Social Sim Opening Parade
Mar 15 @ 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
What do Seahorses, Octopuses, and Merfolk have in common?  They are all part of the VWBPE Annual Parade! Meet us at the Lighthouse near Gateway and ride a seahorse in the parade over to the[...]
Music and Dancing Under the Sea 12:00 PM
Music and Dancing Under the Sea
Mar 15 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
What could be more fun than dancing in a magical underwater world with friends and colleagues? Come join us for some great music and dancing in the Octopus’s Garden Under the Sea.  DJ Coz Okelly[...]
Conversation with Ebbe Altberg 01:00 PM
Conversation with Ebbe Altberg
Mar 15 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Presenter: Ebbe Altberg/Ebbe Linden (Avatar) Moderator: Kevin Feenan/Phelan Corrimal Join us for an engaging conversation with Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg, who once again opens up about topics that are most important to educators and[...]
DeDe the transwoman: Cultural Issues & Second Life 02:00 PM
DeDe the transwoman: Cultural Issues & Second Life
Mar 15 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Presenter: Rebecca Sisk/Jeckybean Galaxy (Avatar) Educators and Trainers The purpose of this presentation is to describe a scripted simulation related to gender transition for graduate students in nursing education. DeDe is a trans-woman who enters[...]
How to Get There from Here 02:00 PM
How to Get There from Here
Mar 15 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Presenter: Barbara McQueen/Barbara Novelli (Avatar) Educators and Trainers Teachers are often unnerved by how much they need to learn to best use virtual worlds as a part of their technology arsenal. So they don’t use[...]
Future of STEAM 03:00 PM
Future of STEAM
Mar 15 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Facilitator: Andy Wheelock/Spiff Whitfield (Avatar) Assistant: Elisa Segoni/Elektra Panthar (Avatar) Meet us at our quadrivium where we hope to entice you into a discussion on the future of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) education.[...]
Learn About Machinima 04:00 PM
Learn About Machinima
Mar 15 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Join us for an hour with Gridjumper and Bluebarker  learning about Machinima, the art of making movies in virtual and digital game environments.  We’ll view Machinima made explicitly for use in an educational setting by[...]
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VWBPE Day Two – Morning Meet and Greet 06:00 AM
VWBPE Day Two – Morning Meet and Greet
Mar 16 @ 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM
Join us at the Social Building to get yourself organized and your questions answered about sessions and activities.  Members of the Social and Volunteer Committees will help you make the most of your VWBPE18 conference[...]
Digital Makerspaces 07:00 AM
Digital Makerspaces
Mar 16 @ 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM
Facilitator: Peggy Daniels Lee/Linda Sautereau (Avatar) Assistant: Marie Vans/Amvans.Lapis (Avatar) Meet us at our quadrivium where we hope to entice you into a discussion about digital makerspaces. While makerspaces are not new, the term is,[...]
Improving Digital Literacy – A Solvable Challenge using Virtual Worlds 09:00 AM
Improving Digital Literacy – A Solvable Challenge using Virtual Worlds
Mar 16 @ 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Presenter: Marie Vans/amvans lapis (Avatar) Educators and Trainers Valerie Hill/Valibrarian Gregg Educators and Trainers Virtual World librarians are positioned to lead efforts to develop digital citizenship by developing programs that assist in the mastery of[...]
Virtual Self-Directed Learning Workshops 09:00 AM
Virtual Self-Directed Learning Workshops
Mar 16 @ 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Presenter: Yen Verhoeven/TheoreticallyBlue Resident (Avatar) Educators and Trainers We present an overview on the design and implementation of self-directed learning (SDL) workshops in Second Life. Using the popular project-based workshops taught by Blu Heron at[...]
Nursing Informatics Student SL Practicum Outcomes 10:00 AM
Nursing Informatics Student SL Practicum Outcomes
Mar 16 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Presenters: Toni Hebda/IndianapolisCCN (Avatar) Educators and Trainers Karen West/Atlanta Highmist Support and Help Communities Learning outcomes for students completing a practicum in Second Life were compared against those completing a traditional practicum using a quantitative,[...]
Use Cases for Social Virtual Reality 10:00 AM
Use Cases for Social Virtual Reality
Mar 16 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Presenters: Lisa Laxton/Shelenn Ayres (Avatar) Research and Development Community Foundation Cynthia Calogne/Lyr Lobo (Avatar) Educators and Trainers Singergirl Mode Business and Entrepreneurs Dieter Heyne/Edward Tarber (Avatar) Coders, Scripters, and System/IT Analysts Gentle Heron Support and[...]
The VRevolution calls for a new digital literacy 11:00 AM
The VRevolution calls for a new digital literacy
Mar 16 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Presenter: Bryan Alexander/Bryan Zelmanov (Avatar) A series of technologies are constellating to offer a new vision of computing. Virtual and augmented reality blend with mobile devices into mixed reality. Automation combines with gaming to produce[...]
Live Music at the Social Building 12:00 PM
Live Music at the Social Building
Mar 16 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
What could be cuter and more fun than a concert with Keeba Tammas and her backup band, “The Tiny Maniacs”? Keeba has been performing in SL since 2007 and has an eclectic repertoire of music.[...]
A Hybrid Conference as a Way to Create Community 01:00 PM
A Hybrid Conference as a Way to Create Community
Mar 16 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Presenter: Hsiao-Cheng (Sandrine) Han/Kristy Handrick (Avatar) Educators and Trainers This presentation provides an example of how to host an academic virtual world conference that uses Second Life and Google Hangout on Air with zero budget[...]
Innovative Virtual Libraries: Research & Design 01:00 PM
Innovative Virtual Libraries: Research & Design
Mar 16 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Presenters: Valerie Hill/Valibrarian Gregg (Avatar) Educators and Trainers Robin White-Sieber/Sparkybear Mandelbrot Artists, Designers and Builders Virtual world librarianship requires innovative design to help educators and learners connect and find authentic and accurate information. Librarians and[...]
Under the Sea Adventure 02:00 PM
Under the Sea Adventure
Mar 16 @ 02:00 PM – 02:50 PM
Come explore the beautiful underwater area of the social sim. This is your chance to be a mermaid or merman! There are free outfits available and volunteers will be available to help ease you into[...]
Chemistry Experiments in Virtual Worlds 03:00 PM
Chemistry Experiments in Virtual Worlds
Mar 16 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Presenter: Wendy L. Keeney-Kennicutt/Julia Tiraxibar (Avatar) Educators and Trainers The design, implementation and assessment of college-level chemistry experiments conducted in Second Life suggest that VWs can be effective for teaching chemistry laboratory. In this pilot[...]
NPCevolutions Panel for the NonProfit Commons 03:00 PM
NPCevolutions Panel for the NonProfit Commons
Mar 16 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Presenters: Cynthia Calongne/Lyr Lobo (Avatar) Educators and Trainers Joyce Bettencourt/Rhiannon Chatnoir Advocacy and NonProfit Renne Emiko Brock/Zinnia Zauber Educators and Trainers Buffy Beale Advocacy and NonProfit Valerie Hill/Valibrarian Gregg Advocacy and NonProfit The NonProfit Commons[...]
Our Brains, Ourselves, Our Worlds 04:00 PM
Our Brains, Ourselves, Our Worlds
Mar 16 @ 04:00 PM – 05:30 PM
Presenters: Thuja Hynes (Avatar) Advocacy and NonProfit Lissena Advocacy and NonProfit A Virtual Interactive Model of the Five Pillars of Whole-Brain Health connects the goals of healthy Neuroplasticity and Collective Learning. Participants learn brain structure[...]
Virtual Worlds Database: Crowd-Sourcing Our Worlds 04:00 PM
Virtual Worlds Database: Crowd-Sourcing Our Worlds
Mar 16 @ 04:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Presenter: Alyse Dunavant-Jones/AlyseDunavantJones (Avatar) Libraries CVL’s Virtual Worlds Database educates and connects virtual world users and communities regardless of their virtual “home” worlds. It is the first online database striving to include all virtual worlds.[...]
Red Carpet Pre-show Experience 05:30 PM
Red Carpet Pre-show Experience
Mar 16 @ 05:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Most SLer’s love to dress up!  Put on your best or come as you are and join us for refreshments on the red carpet during our pre-show experience. You will have a chance to take[...]
Spirit Light Dance Company 06:00 PM
Spirit Light Dance Company
Mar 16 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
The renowned Spirit Light Dance Company will perform for us at the beautiful theater on the Rockcliffe campus. The talented Caryl Meredith, who teaches dance and choreography in SL, has organized some of her students[...]
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VWBPE – Day Three – Morning Meet and Greet 07:00 AM
VWBPE – Day Three – Morning Meet and Greet
Mar 17 @ 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM
Join us at the Social Building to get yourself organized and your questions answered about sessions and activities.  Members of the Social and Volunteer Committees will help you make the most of your VWBPE18 conference[...]
Blending VWs & Digital Tech. in Language Teaching 08:00 AM
Blending VWs & Digital Tech. in Language Teaching
Mar 17 @ 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM
Track: Creativity and Innovation in Design, Practice, and Learning Format: Spotlight Presentation Presenter: Anabel Nowak/Ann von Rhein (Avatar) This presentation deals with teaching immersive English literature by blending 3D worlds, machinima and other external digital[...]
Mobile Virtual Reality for Environmental Education 08:00 AM
Mobile Virtual Reality for Environmental Education
Mar 17 @ 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM
Presenters: Ana-Despina Tudor/Ariadne Sayre (Avatar) Educators and Trainers Shailey Minocha/Shailey Garfield Educators and Trainers Google Expeditions (GEs) is a mobile virtual reality app consisting of over 700 expeditions or guided field trips that students experience[...]
Cultural Appropriation? Cultural Appreciation? 09:00 AM
Cultural Appropriation? Cultural Appreciation?
Mar 17 @ 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Presenter: Hsiao-Cheng (Sandrine) Han/Kristy Handrick (Avatar) Educators and Trainers This presentation describes the findings from Visual recreation, culture appropriation: An Asian artist’s perspective of virtual world visual culture. This research is based on my previous[...]
If They Build It, They Will Come! 09:00 AM
If They Build It, They Will Come!
Mar 17 @ 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Presenters: Carolyn Lowe/Clowey Greenwood (Avatar) Educators and Trainers Amy Pihlainen/Elsie Ocello (Avatar) Educators and Trainers The authors, working with children ages 10 through 14, have found that allowing the students to create the learning spaces[...]
Flying Stickies, Easy Quests, VW + Unity for Edu 11:00 AM
Flying Stickies, Easy Quests, VW + Unity for Edu
Mar 17 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Presenter: Julie LeMoine/Juliein3D (Avatar) Artists, Designers and Builders The presentation will summarize a new and emerging virtual world API running on the Unity game engine that offers a lot of creation flexibility from a VW[...]
Low Threshold Virtual Events 11:00 AM
Low Threshold Virtual Events
Mar 17 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Presenter: Ulli Berthold/Torgon Woodget (Avatar) Coders, Scripters, and System/IT Analysts Starting with a short talk on how, currently, setting up a virtual conference requires a lot of time and technical experience, I plan on showing[...]
Etopian Evolution for Real World Solutions 12:00 PM
Etopian Evolution for Real World Solutions
Mar 17 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Presenter: G Ronnie Kraegel/Namaara MacMoragh (Avatar) Advocacy and NonProfit As an ever evolving project, Etopia is designed to bridge SL and RL by providing safe, educational space and activities for skills exploration with partners such[...]
Liberate Agency Amplification Via Avatar Identity 12:00 PM
Liberate Agency Amplification Via Avatar Identity
Mar 17 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Presenter: Renne Emiko Brock/Zinnia Zauber (Avatar) Educators and Trainers Let go of control. Instructors empower students through agency with active learning ownership, not with ultimate authority. Build validating lessons prior to entering virtual situations with[...]
Games and Fun On the Social Plaza 01:00 PM
Games and Fun On the Social Plaza
Mar 17 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Kurt Morales, an exceptional trivia player himself, will host a trivia contest on the Social Building Plaza. Questions will follow the conference and venue themes. The winner will receive a prize and bragging rights as[...]
Meta Manifesto: Think Tank 4 Effective Tactics 02:00 PM
Meta Manifesto: Think Tank 4 Effective Tactics
Mar 17 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Presenters: Kae Novak/Kavon Zenovka (Avatar) Educators and Trainers Cynthia Calongne/Lyr Lobo Educators and Trainers Chris Luchs/Abacus Capalini Educators and Trainers Trish Cloud/Trish Cloud Educators and Trainers Using the learning that happens outside the classroom, let’s[...]
You’re Grounded! Theorizing Virtual Learning Space 02:00 PM
You’re Grounded! Theorizing Virtual Learning Space
Mar 17 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Presenter: Yen Verhoeven/TheoreticallyBlue Resident (Avatar) Educators and Trainers The digital landscape has opened a range of possibilities for understanding the different ways we learn in a virtual environment. To explore these ways, a new multidimensional[...]
Avatars as Data Points 03:00 PM
Avatars as Data Points
Mar 17 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Presenters: Mary Ellen Gordon/Pebbles Hannya (Avatar) Educators and Trainers Aaron Griffiths/Isa Goodman Coders, Scripters, and System/IT Analysts This presentation will introduce a new approach to teaching basic data science by using avatars as data points[...]
Bridging Worlds: Learning in a Strange Land 03:00 PM
Bridging Worlds: Learning in a Strange Land
Mar 17 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Presenters: Cynthia Calongne/Lyr Lobo (Avatar) Educators and Trainers Bradley Hodgins/Zalomar Resident Educators and Trainers Learning in 3D comes alive through the mind of eight-year-old Jack. Join us as we explore the creation of Jack’s World,[...]
Waiting for the VR Evolution 04:00 PM
Waiting for the VR Evolution
Mar 17 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Facilitator: Paul Rudman/PD Alchemi (Avatar) Assistant: Zia Rivera-Clarkson/Amari DiRicchezi (Avatar) Meet us at our quadrivium where we hope to entice you into a discussion on the VR Evolution. For many who have embraced change and[...]
Live Music Performance 05:00 PM
Live Music Performance
Mar 17 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Relax with us at the Main Auditorium before the Closing Ceremony and enjoy the music of Nina Bing. Nina is a classically trained vocalist who has been singing for as long as she can remember.[...]
Closing Ceremony 06:00 PM
Closing Ceremony
Mar 17 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Join us as we reflect upon the highlights of the conference, with closing remarks from Phelan Corrimal and other VWBPE Committee Chairs. This event is hosted by the one and only Pooky Amsterdam, CEO of[...]
St Patrick’s Day U2 Tribute Concert 07:00 PM
St Patrick’s Day U2 Tribute Concert
Mar 17 @ 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
You won’t want to miss VWBPE18 Closing Party with Lightning Production’s U2 Tribute Concert. In honor of St Patrick’s Day dig out your “Okelly” green clothes, shamrocks, and a shillelagh along with your most comfortable[...]
Dance The Night Away 08:00 PM
Dance The Night Away
Mar 17 @ 08:00 PM – 09:30 PM
Immediately following U2 Tribute Concert, join DJ Coz Okelly for our traditional end of the conference “Dance The Night Away” party! There is no better way to end the 2018 VWBPE conference than to dance,[...]
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Community Virtual Library Tour: Library Land Exploration 05:00 PM
Community Virtual Library Tour: Library Land Exploration
Mar 20 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Community Virtual Library Tour: Library Land Exploration @ Second LIfe
Hosts: Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg; Marie Vans / amvans lapis; Alyse Dunavant-Jones / alysedunavantjones. Community Virtual Library Description: Participants will visit the Community Virtual Library which has relocated on Cookie Island in Second Life. A real[...]
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Digital Citizenship Museum in Kitely 12:00 PM
Digital Citizenship Museum in Kitely
Mar 23 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Digital Citizenship Museum in Kitely @ Kitely
Hosts: Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg; Marie Vans / amvans lapis; Alyse Dunavant-Jones / Antemeridiem Diskjockey. New Media Arts, Inc Description: Digital Citizenship has become essential for everyone from tiny tots to the elderly, from students to those[...]
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The Power of Perspective: A Forest Adventure 07:00 PM
The Power of Perspective: A Forest Adventure
Mar 25 @ 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
The Power of Perspective: A Forest Adventure @ Second Life
Host: Brant Knutzen / MrK Kas, University of Hong Kong Description: This adventure exploring the Yurei Forest will provide experiential learning about the potential emotional arousal inherent in certain situations, and the variation in valence[...]
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Immersive Tribal Quest 04:00 PM
Immersive Tribal Quest
Mar 29 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Immersive Tribal Quest @ Second Life
Host: Dragon Shichiroji, Mystic Academy Description: Take part in a fascinating and enhanced immersive adventure designed by Mystic Academy in which you take the role of the Explorer, discovering and learning about the wisdom and[...]
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