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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).
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Presenter: Kevin M. Holloway (SL: Jarom Cooperstone); Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Description: The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) has piloted virtual-worlds based training programs for mental health providers serving military Service members, Veterans, and their families. This population deserves the most effective treatments for deployment- and combat-related PTSD, sleep disorders, depression, and suicide prevention. This presentation will discuss CDP’s synchronous and asynchronous Second Life training models and environments, and preliminary outcomes data regarding effectiveness.
1. Participants will be able to describe CDP’s Second Life regions for mental health provider training.
2. Participants will be able to compare and contrast outcomes of physical and virtual training models.
Hosts: Kevin Holloway, PhD (Jarom Cooperstone); Kelly Chrestman, PhD (kellychrestman); Andrew Santanello, PhD (sonnylabington); Jenna Ermold, PhD (jermold); All – Center for Deployment Psychology / Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences
Description: The Center for Deployment Psychology’s (CDP) two Second Life environments, Operation AVATAR and the Snoozeum, are intended to augment live, instructor-led, virtual training workshops for mental health providers learning evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and insomnia. Both experiences include experiential learning opportunities, such as museum-like displays as well as interactive role-playing serious games to reinforce learning material. While intended for providers, all may benefit.
Participants will be able to describe CDP’s Second Life regions for mental health provider training.
Access: Second Life. See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended.
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This venue will be available for individual exploration after the presentation.