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Host: Steve Guynup (SL: SteveG), Hayfield Isovista
Description: This presentation using VRChat covers the design history of online 3D art galleries. Early work in VRML / SL and current efforts in Sansar / VRChat are covered in a design oriented discussion. Game design and early cinema history underpin the ideas presented. The presentation itself is, in a sense, an interactive 3D slideshow. 2D slides, 3D objects, 3D rooms, and 3D landscapes are sequentially dropped in front of the virtual audience who then are guided through the emergent spaces. The presentation method is simple, yet novel and worth seeing. If you would like to bring your class for a visit, let the host know.
Participants will gain a bit of history and design theory regarding the development of virtual space
Access: Participants will need a Steam Account and/or a VRChat account and either Steam or the Oculus Addon. VRChat needs to be installed: https://vrchat.com/
VRChat & Steam update often, please provide time to check. You must visit one VRChat world (such as your home) before web URLs will work. You may want to explore the space beforehand. A Steam account or Oculus Rift app may also be needed. The work is best suited to viewing with an Oculus Rift or Vive, but neither is required. PC only, no Mac version. The work exists in Unity and resolution can be adjusted pressing [ESC] while loading.
This art gallery location is open for exploration before and after the session. Additional sessions of the presentation are available by appointment. Contact steve at isovista.org
Location / web URL: http://isovista.org/liveworlds/vrportals
Choose the Isovista Classroom link
Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation
Compass Point Discussion Presenters: Hsiao-Cheng (Sandrine) Han (SL: Kristy Handrick), University of British Columbia; Kwesi Yaro (SL: Banapeh); Diana Ihnatovych (SL: dianaihn); Jennifer Zhao (SL: JenniferZhao); Peisen Ding (SL: AAADeanAAA)
Description: Have educators considered online education in relation to students’ cultural differences? Does that even matter? In MOOCs with students coming from different cultural backgrounds, do students learn differently because their cultural background? Should educators address it? Should courses be designed differently based on students’ different cultural backgrounds? Why or why not? This roundtable discussion will talk about how and why it is important to consider culture differences in education.
Cultural difference in learning
Cultural difference in online education
Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool
Hands on Workshop Presenters: Niela Miller (SL: Marly Milena), Educators and Trainers; Janie Teague-Urbach (SL: Katsii Tennen), Support and Help Communities
Description: We will show some short films demonstrating the use of Symbolic Modeling (SymMods) in areas of education, personal / professional development and creative expression, and discuss the theoretical basis and approach to applying metaphorical thinking in virtual teaching/learning. We will demonstrate some examples of this approach in the session. We will introduce an opportunity for being trained in facilitating the use of SymMods in virtual learning environments, particularly Second Life.
Participants will be able to understand how metaphorical thinking can enhance learning
Participants will be able to recognize and discuss possible applications to their own endeavors
Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool
Hosts: Alyse Dunavant-Jones (AlyseDunavantJones), Community Virtual Library, New Media Arts; Niela Miller (Marly Milena), OCTAGON:Creative Exploration, Virtual Inspiration Island
Description: Participants will visit the Community Virtual Library’s new Music Library. The experience will begin with an introduction to the space and explanation of Symbolic Modeling (developed by Marly Milena of Octagon:Creative Exploration). Inspired by music and each other, participants will build a group sculpture, engage in discussion, and learn how CVL will use Symbolic Modeling in the future. Basic building help will be provided for participants new to building / creating art in Second Life.
Participants will be able to interact with the varying media in CVL’s Music Library collection.
Participants will create a community sculpture to contribute to CVL’s new Music Library.
Access: Second Life: See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended. Alternatively, users can watch simulcast via Zoom (hosted by lead presenter).
Accessibility: Speakeasy Hud tool used by presenters. Discussion in text chat. Links to sheet music will be provided for music used as symbolic modeling inspiration. Participants will have the option of using the music, discussion, or other contributions to the sculpture as inspiration.