VWBPE Calendar

All sessions of the VWBPE 2018 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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Mar 4 @ 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Get Scrooged Redux: Explore A Christmas Carol @ Second Life
07:00 PM
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[...]
Mar 10 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
01:00 PM
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[...]
Venice in 1600 @ Second Life
Mar 11 @ 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Venice in 1600 @ Second Life
07:00 PM
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[...]
Mar 12 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Making Discoveries with SL Creative Processes @ Second Life
11:00 AM
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[...]
Mar 15 @ 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM
Opening Ceremony of VWBPE 2018 @ VWBPE 2018 Gateway
08:00 AM
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 @ VWBPE 2018 Main Auditorium
09:30 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[...]
Mar 15 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The Minecraft VRevolution: Collaborative Learning @ VWBPE 2018 Quadrivium
10:30 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[...]
Mar 15 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Web 4.0? Interaction in the 4th Dimension @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
10:30 AM
Track: Essential Accessibility in Digital and Virtual Spaces Format: Spotlight Presentation Presenters: Judy Bloxham/Gingerblox (Avatar) Educators and Trainers The new dimension offered by VR is here. Like the early web it is changing as we[...]
Mar 15 @ 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Social Sim Opening Parade @ VWBPE Parade
11:30 AM
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 @ VWBPE Octopus' Garden
Mar 15 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Music and Dancing Under the Sea @ VWBPE Octopus' Garden
12:00 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 @ VWBPE 2018 Main Auditorium
Mar 15 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Conversation with Ebbe Altberg @ VWBPE 2018 Main Auditorium
01:00 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[...]
Mar 15 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
DeDe the transwoman: Cultural Issues & Second Life @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
02:00 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 @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area B
Mar 15 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
How to Get There from Here @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area B
02:00 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 @ VWBPE 2018 Quadrivium
Mar 15 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Future of STEAM @ VWBPE 2018 Quadrivium
03:00 PM
Facilitator: TBA 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. This interdisciplinary is fast becoming a calling for[...]
Learn About Machinima @ VWBPE Social Plaza
Mar 15 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Learn About Machinima @ VWBPE Social Plaza
04:00 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[...]
Mar 16 @ 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM
VWBPE Day Two - Morning Meet and Greet @ VWBPE Meet and Greet
06:00 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 @ VWBPE 2018 Quadrivium
Mar 16 @ 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM
Digital Makerspaces @ VWBPE 2018 Quadrivium
07:00 AM
Facilitator: TBA 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, and with it a new connotation around what[...]
Mar 16 @ 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Improving Digital Literacy - A Solvable Challenge using Virtual Worlds @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area B
09:00 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 @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
Mar 16 @ 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Virtual Self-Directed Learning Workshops @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
09:00 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[...]
Mar 16 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Nursing Informatics Student SL Practicum Outcomes @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
10:00 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,[...]
Mar 16 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Use Cases for Social Virtual Reality @ VWBPE 2018 Quadrivium
10:00 AM
Presenters: Lisa Laxton/Lisa Laxton (Avatar) Research and Development Community Foundation Cynthia Calogne/Lyr Lobo Educators and Trainers Singergirl Mode Business and Entrepreneurs Dieter Heyne Coders, Scripters, and System/IT Analysts Gentle Heron Support and Help Communities Many[...]
Mar 16 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The VRevolution calls for a new digital literacy @ VWBPE 2018 Main Auditorium
11:00 AM
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 @ VWBPE Social Building
Mar 16 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Live Music at the Social Building @ VWBPE Social Building
12:00 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.[...]
Mar 16 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
A Hybrid Conference as a Way to Create Community @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
01:00 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[...]
Mar 16 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Innovative Virtual Libraries: Research & Design @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area B
01:00 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 @ VWBPE Under the Sea Adventure
Mar 16 @ 02:00 PM – 02:50 PM
Under the Sea Adventure @ VWBPE Under the Sea Adventure
02:00 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 @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
Mar 16 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Chemistry Experiments in Virtual Worlds @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
03:00 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[...]
Mar 16 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
NPCevolutions Panel for the NonProfit Commons @ VWBPE 2018 Quadrivium
03:00 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[...]
Mar 16 @ 04:00 PM – 05:30 PM
Our Brains, Ourselves, Our Worlds @ VWBPE 2018 Workshop
04:00 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[...]
Mar 16 @ 04:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Virtual Worlds Database: Crowd-Sourcing Our Worlds @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
04:00 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.[...]
Mar 16 @ 05:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Red Carpet Pre-show Experience @ VWBPE Red Carpet
05:30 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 @ VWBPE Red Carpet
Mar 16 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Spirit Light Dance Company @ VWBPE Red Carpet
06:00 PM
The renowned Spirit Light Dance Company will perform for us at their beautiful theater on the Rockcliffe campus. The talented Caryl Meredith, who teaches dance and choreography in SL, has organized some of her students[...]
Mar 17 @ 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM
VWBPE - Day Three - Morning Meet and Greet @ VWBPE Meet and Greet
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[...]
Mar 17 @ 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM
Blending VWs & Digital Tech. in Language Teaching @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
08:00 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[...]
Mar 17 @ 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM
Mobile Virtual Reality for Environmental Education @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area B
08:00 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[...]
Mar 17 @ 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Cultural Appropriation? Cultural Appreciation? @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area B
09:00 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! @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
Mar 17 @ 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
If They Build It, They Will Come! @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
09:00 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[...]
Mar 17 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Flying Stickies, Easy Quests, VW + Unity for Edu @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area B
11:00 AM
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 @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
Mar 17 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Low Threshold Virtual Events @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
11:00 AM
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[...]
Mar 17 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Etopian Evolution for Real World Solutions @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
12:00 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[...]
Mar 17 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Liberate Agency Amplification Via Avatar Identity @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area B
12:00 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[...]
Mar 17 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Games and Fun On the Social Plaza @ VWBPE Social Plaza
01:00 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[...]
Mar 17 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Meta Manifesto: Think Tank 4 Effective Tactics @ VWBPE 2018 Quadrivium
02:00 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[...]
Mar 17 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
You're Grounded! Theorizing Virtual Learning Space @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
02:00 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 @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
Mar 17 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Avatars as Data Points @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area A
03:00 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[...]
Mar 17 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Bridging Worlds: Learning in a Strange Land @ VWBPE 2018 Lecture Area B
03:00 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 @ VWBPE 2018 Quadrivium
Mar 17 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Waiting for the VR Evolution @ VWBPE 2018 Quadrivium
04:00 PM
Facilitator: TBA 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 have been early adopters, waiting for the rest[...]
Live Music Performance @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 17 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Live Music Performance @ VWBPE Auditorium
05:00 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 @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 17 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Closing Ceremony @ VWBPE Auditorium
06:00 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[...]
Mar 17 @ 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
St Patrick’s Day U2 Tribute Concert @ VWBPE Social Building
07:00 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 @ VWBPE Social Building
Mar 17 @ 08:00 PM – 09:30 PM
Dance The Night Away @ VWBPE Social Building
08:00 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,[...]
Mar 20 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Community Virtual Library Tour: Library Land Exploration @ Second LIfe
05:00 PM
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[...]
Mar 23 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Digital Citizenship Museum in Kitely @ Kitely
12:00 PM
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[...]
Mar 25 @ 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM
The Power of Perspective: A Forest Adventure @ Second Life
07:00 AM
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[...]
Mar 29 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Immersive Tribal Quest @ Second Life
04:00 PM
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[...]
Apr 3 @ 08:00 PM – 10:00 PM
08:00 PM
Hosts: Chris Luchs / Terrior; Cynthia Calongne / Lyr; Kae Novak / Cytie. ISTE Games and Simulations Network Description: Join us for ethnographic exploration of the Noblegarden Event in World of Warcraft. Participants will select[...]