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
Keynote Presenter: Dr. Tom Boellstorff, University of California Irvine
Description: What possibilities do virtual worlds hold for film as a mode of education? To explore this question I will discuss Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is Me, a documentary by Bernhard Drax. This film chronicles my research on disability and virtual worlds, but the filmmaker was given creative control: my collaborator (Donna Z. Davis) and I appear in the film and helped guide its themes, but made no decisions regarding the film’s final content. The filmmaker’s extensive work included meeting interlocutors in the physical world that the researchers met only online, as well as crafting a narrative about disability and virtual embodiment that comments on rather than replicates the scholarly narrative. I will discuss specific techniques like “virtual reenactment” and “virtual staging” that Drax used in making Our Digital Selves, and reflect on how what I term “paraethnographic film”—film created through a triple collaboration between community members, ethnographers, and filmmakers—holds great potential for virtual education.
BE SURE TO WATCH Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is Me (Bernhard Drax / Draxtor Despres, 2018).
Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist