VWBPE Calendar

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Apr
4
Thu
2019
KEYNOTE :: Paraethnographic film as mode of education: Lessons from disability in virtual worlds
Apr 4 @ 09:30 AM – 10:20 AM

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Tom Boellstorff, University of California Irvine
https://vwbpe.org/conference/keynotes-and-speakers-2019
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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Feather in your cap: Achievement and recognition
Apr 4 @ 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Presenter: Renne Emiko Brock (SL: Zinnia Zauber), Peninsula College

Description: Imparting knowledge and acknowledgment is vital for encouraging curiosity and confidence in students. To hit the target, one must aim higher to reach their mark and earn a symbol of achievement. Increase challenges and customize learning outcomes with personalized projects that enhance motivation and demonstrate skill proficiency, ownership, and valued contribution. Capability is the cap and the earned feathers are their virtual creative problem solving and multimedia communication successes.

Create challenges focused on student motivation to energize and increase their learning potential.
Develop a visual or increased access reward system to demonstrate student’s accomplishments.

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Science Circle: Innovators in global science education
Apr 4 @ 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Compass Point Round Table Discussion
Presenters: Mike Shaw (SL: Shawza Tunwarm), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Matthew Burr (SL: Beragon Betts); Robert Knop (SL: Prospero Frobozz); Vic Michalak (SL: Phil Youngblood); Steven van Hook (SL: Kip Roffo)
Description: The Science Circle is a 10 year old alliance of scientists, educators, students, and science enthusiasts who collaborate to share knowledge and promote open source education worldwide. Our mission is to enhance science understanding through interdisciplinary dialog via virtual environments and social media. We continue to collaborate with educators and researchers to re:envision innovative ways to attract and engage a diverse people and ideas, while working to solve technological and user issues.
Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to see how Virtual Worlds can facilitate open-source STE(A)M education.
2. Participants will be able to consider the interplay between VWs and the toolbox of social media.

Virtual world training for mental health providers
Apr 4 @ 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

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.
Objectives:
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.

Design thinking for education in online education
Apr 4 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Compass Point Discussion Presenters: Hsiao-Cheng (Sandrine) Han (SL: Kristy Handrick), University of British Columbia; Yi Meng (SL: Emma de Pizan); Wenyi Gong (SL: Hermione524); Peisen Ding (SL: AAADeanAAA)
Description: Our team seeks to create a revision for education from the design perspective. We consider online/virtual education as being a design process. What if educators only lectured at a minimum, spending more time with students as they find problems, gather information, brainstorm ideas, plan solutions, test their hypotheses, and improve the design? Virtual worlds provide the best environment for students and instructors to engage in the design thinking process.

  • Design thinking as education
  • Design thinking for education

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The need to determine a Trusted Friend
Apr 4 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Presenter: Josain Zsun (avatar), Chilbo
Description: Expedition Central was a location providing links for avatars to travel and explore Second Life.
With Cyrus Hush, (Expedition Central founder), passing, no further maintenance can be done. Had a Trusted Friend been provided with account information, ownership could be transferred and pending projects could be completed. New information will be presented, based on previous discussions.

Participants will be able to designate a Trusted Friend to access and transfer project rights, when a user can no longer login.

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What’s the reality of virtual conferences?
Apr 4 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Presenter:  Alice Krueger (SL: Gentle Heron), Virtual Ability Inc.
Description: Our organization, as do others in virtual worlds, holds virtual conferences annually. How does conference organization and preparation compare to physical world conferences? What advantages do virtual conferences provide for organizers, presenters, and attendees? How can these conferences be improved?

Encourage other organizations to hold virtual conferences.
Improve the preparation and running of virtual conferences.

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Apr
5
Fri
2019
KEYNOTE :: Teacher training within Virtual Worlds
Apr 5 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Tuncer Can, Istanbul University
https://vwbpe.org/conference/keynotes-and-speakers-2019
Description: This presentation will look at how training teachers within Virtual Worlds could enhance innovation in the class and change the lives of real people by ensuring them real jobs. The skills acquired within Virtual Worlds are also leading to more innovation in teachers’ professional lives which leads to life-long development as well. The presentation will also summarize the influence of EU funded projects like CAMELOT and GUINEVERE on the foreign language teacher development.

Location: Main Auditorium
Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist

 

Creating a future full of opportunity within our global village
Apr 5 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Presenter: Jessie Nunes (SL: Catalina Staheli), Northwest Arctic Borough School District
Description: Bringing powerful, positive change to remote, rural areas through an introduction of opportunities in online careers as content-creators, 3D modelers online, and more.

Reaching students through their interests.
Bringing rural students into the global society in positive, innovative ways.

Location: Lecture Area A
Accessibility: Voice and transcriptionist

Nonprofit Commons past reflections, future directions
Apr 5 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Compass Point Discussion Presenters: Cynthia Calogne (SL: Lyr Lobo); Joyce Bettencourt (SL: Rhiannon Chatnoir); Renne Emiko Brock (SL: Zinnia Zauber); Buffy Bye (SL: Buffy Beale); Sheila Webber (SL: Sheila Yoshikawa)

Description: After a year of reflection and evolution the Nonprofit Commons re:Vision examines the future of shared communities, presenting professional development and promoting nonprofit organizations that use virtual world platforms. Our meetings feature learning and networking, helping the community to grow stronger in technology use.

Attendees will explore how to strengthen re:Vision among the educational and nonprofit communities.

Location: Quadrivium
Accessibility: Voice, notes, transcription

 

Perspectives on virtual professional learning communities
Apr 5 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Presenter: Vasili Giannoutsos (SL: Bluebarker Lowtide), Virginia Society of Technology in Education (VSTE)
Description: A look at over a decade of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) online in forum, virtual worlds, and video hangouts. From participant to leader, the journey of an experienced virtual PLC member always take such unexpected roles. We will be looking at various ideas, roles, and positions that users can take in these various digital settings. Where you can be engage in a community online yet; working on a research paper, texting colleagues, grading, and planning lessons; all at the same time. Hypertasking is the new norm.

Participants will be able to identify the different levels of engagement of online participants.
Participants will be able to reflect meaningfully on their own online experiences.

Location: Lecture Area A
Accessibility: Written script will be made available during the presentation

Virtual hunts for virtual detectives
Apr 5 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Presenter: Mary Howard (SL: mrshoward118), Grand Island Central School District
Description: Virtual environments provides extraordinary opportunities to engage students in instruction. From building to immersive experiences, students can receive tremendous benefits from the use of virtual worlds. Learn how an Open Sim experience helped inspire and reinforce learning in the classroom from the inception of the grant to the wonderful opportunities it has afforded students with virtual scavenger hunts and exploratory learning opportunities.

To share virtual scavenger hunts as used in a middle school classroom.

Location: Lecture Area B
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GUINEVERE: Learn a language through games in virtual worlds
Apr 5 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Presenters: Heike Philp (SL: Gwen Gwasi); Letizia Cinganotto
Description: Digital game-play has become a popular way of practising a language and many youngsters enjoy playing this in their spare time. EU funded project GUINEVERE (2017-2019) aims to demonstrate the potential of digital game-based learning in 3D immersive environments in order to improve teaching and learning outcomes in foreign languages.

The project team wishes to share their developed documents on game design and communication in Virtual Worlds.

Location: Lecture Area B
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Reconsider cultural difference in online education
Apr 5 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

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

Location: Quadrivium
Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Culture and education for peace in times of 3-Dimensional Immersive Digital Environments (3D-IDEs)
Apr 5 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Presenter: Christian Jonathan Angel Rueda (SL: ecoonis), Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro ; Juan Carlos Valdes Godin, (SL: interpres)
Description: The present work is based on the macro concept of 3D-IDEs, in specific virtual world environments, having the social and individual characteristics that could enhance the development of culture and peace in school contexts. The final reflections indicate that 3D-IDEs, especially virtual worlds, overcome the fact of information sharing through interaction of visual synthesis representation of the concepts of culture and education.

Participants will be able to understand how culture and education relate to peace.

Location: Lecture Area A
Accessibility: SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Learner-Generated Augmentation: Curriculum design with AR
Apr 5 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM

Presenter: Kenneth Y T Lim (SL: Veritas Raymaker),
Description: This presentation introduces an approach to the use of Augmented Reality (AR) in the design of learning environments, which foregrounds the surfacing of novice conceptions. Termed Learner-Generated Augmentation, the approach differs from the majority of current interventions with AR in that it does not presume upon the pre-design of learning artifacts by experts. In this way, it is more scalable and affordable than the approach that is currently default in the use of AR in learning.

Participants will be able to approach Learner-Generated Augmentation as a curriculum design paradigm

Location: Lecture Area B
Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Re-visioning interprofessional education in virtual worlds
Apr 5 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM

Presenters: Susan Toth-Cohen (SL: Zsuzsa Tomsen), Thomas Jefferson University; Anne C. Smith (SL: Annemaree Michigan), Five Sparrows Counseling and Educational Services.
Description: From their inception, virtual worlds have attracted educators from many disciplines, and benefits for both students and educators for networking and immersive experience have been well documented. But, while virtual world education has engaged multiple disciplines to learn with, from, and about each other, the potential for significant innovation in interprofessional education (IPE) has not been fully realized. This presentation outlines ways to re-vision and implement IPE in virtual worlds.

Participants will be able to describe ways to re-vision and implement IPE in virtual worlds
Participants will be able to discuss the utility of the flexible learning model for virtual training

Location: Lecture Area A
Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Apr
6
Sat
2019
Eureka World: An educational virtual world ecosystem
Apr 6 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM

Presenters: Ori Shapira (SL: turh zane), Educators and Trainers; Dani Seryoti (SL: s Maya), Educators and Trainers

Description: Eureka World’s platform takes a broader perspective on learning and involves a wide spectrum of actors from inside and outside the school. All stakeholders of education are involved in a collaborative of the learning process: the population inside school (mainly teachers, principals, students, other staff) as well as the population outside school (entrepreneurs, associations, institutions, municipalities, academic, families, and private persons etc.) In this presentation, we present and define the unique concept of Eureka World’s educational ecosystem: The concept is discussed generally in its 3D3C perception of teaching – which emphasis how it allows quality assimilation of learning patterns for students in the 21st century.

How to create Educational ecosystem based on virtual worlds that involves all educational partners
Demonstrate its unique platform and how to move beyond the walls of traditional thinking to embrace the wider community of educational professionals

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Metaphorical insights with Symbolic Modeling
Apr 6 @ 09:00 AM – 10:20 AM

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

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Re-visioning art and design education: Nourishing collaborative creativity in virtual worlds
Apr 6 @ 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Compass Point Discussion Presenters: Yi Meng (SL: Emma de Pizan), Educators and Trainers; Xiangling Feng (SL: Belldance), Artists, Designers and Builders; Qian Wang (SL: Zoemmmua), Artists, Designers and Builders; Xinyi Wei (SL: Wuixinyi), Artists, Designers and Builders

Description: Today, much of the design work is collaborative and a group-oriented integrated process. This convergent process requires art and design education to provide new pedagogical spaces to nourish students’ creativity in a more collaborative sense. This presentation draws upon an empirical study and includes the teacher-researcher and three students-participants. They will use their own virtual world teaching and designing experience to elaborate how this technology affected collaborative creativity.

Participants will gain information about promoting collaborative creativity in art and design education

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The significance of virtual archaeology
Apr 6 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM

Presenter: Marion Smeltzer (SL: Nova Saunders), Educators and Trainers, VIBE
Description: Virtual archaeology has expanded with new features and landscapes representing archaeological and historical places that have been part of “real world” archaeological research. Any proposed computer-based visualization will always aim to improve aspects related to the science, research, conservation or dissemination of our archaeological heritage.

Participants will be able to view examples of archaeological computer-based visualizations
Participants will be able to explore additional resources relating to historic and cultural preservation

Accessibility: Slides will be made available

Dickens Project exemplifies virtual collaboration
Apr 6 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

SPOTLIGHT
Presenters: Valerie Hill (SL: Valibrarian Gregg), Peninsula College; Breiana Theodore (SL: Jodie Landon); Mary Pat Lynch (SL: Aoife Lorefield)
Description: The Dickens Project, a virtual simulation of A Christmas Carol and the life and times of Charles Dickens built by Seanchai Library, has been held annually in Second Life for six years. The Community Virtual Library partnered with Seanchai Library for the past three years to enhance the educational simulation with research and the Urchins of London game was added in 2018. The collaborative process illustrates best practices for virtual world learning.
Participants will observe successful virtual world collaboration for deep learning across distance.
Participants will interact with librarians, educators, and artists working together.

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KEYNOTE :: Crossing the Horizon together: Scanning, transforming, and sharing “What Works” in Immersive XR
Apr 6 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Jonathon Richter, Salish Kootenai College and Executive Director, Immersive Learning Research Network
https://vwbpe.org/conference/keynotes-and-speakers-2019
Description:

The Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) facilitates collaboration between computer scientists, game developers, educators, learning scientists, and other research professionals to develop and showcase the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning. iLRN has recently partnered with The ICICLE XR for Learning and Performance Augmentation SIG and others, including EDUCAUSE, and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) on the “State of XR and Immersive Learning” project, which combines a systematic review and synthesis of the scholarly evidence and knowledge base on XR and immersive learning with a Delphi-inspired environmental scanning and forecasting exercise in the vein of the well-known Horizon Project. The project is sponsored by Unity Technologies, HP, zSpace, Adobe, and Dassault Systèmes.

In this session, iLRN Executive Director Dr. Jonathon Richter will provide details about this new collective effort and unveil ways learning professionals can both contribute to and gain from a synthesis of current and future virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and other XR technologies for supporting and enhancing learning and human performance in evidence-based and research-grounded ways.

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Blue Mars on Virtual Harmony for agile mindsets
Apr 6 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Presenters: Cynthia Calongne (SL: Lyr Lobo), Educators and Trainers; Andrew Stricker (SL: Spinoza Quinnell), Educators and Trainers

Description: Join us for Blue Mars on Virtual Harmony, a 3D OpenSimulator game. The game blends NASA data with science fiction, uses situated learning to solve complex and complicated challenges, and an AI-augmented mindset. It features an Enigma analytics engine, dynamically-generated results from the Mars Ontology, and the game ranks player responses. This is the 3rd game in the Mars Expedition, a $25,000 Grand Prize Winner in the 2010 Federal Virtual World Challenge at Defense GameTech.

Participants will be able to examine the design of a game simulation kit with AI using OpenSim
Participants will be able to identify how to use the game simulation kit for education

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Re/visioning virtual education
Apr 6 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Compass Point Discussion Presenters: Hsiao-Cheng (Sandrine) Han (SL: Kristy Handrick), Educators and Trainers; Junsong Zhang (SL: Junsongz), Educators and Trainers; Kyle Stooshnov (SL: StrangeSensei), Educators and Trainers; Fabian Frahlich (SL: Fironboy), Educators and Trainers

Description: This roundtable discussion/presentation focuses on how to revision both teaching and learning in virtual world. With the emergence of VR, AR, and MR technology, it is important to rethink the use of virtual world for teaching and learning in a way that connect skills learned in virtual world to other technology. Is there a common ground for all realities? We will focus on project-based learning in virtual world that fosters creativity, problem-solving skills, collaboration, and deep reflection.

Expanding the possibility for future virtual education

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VR and virtual worlds: One and the same?
Apr 6 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Presenters: Alyse Dunavant-Jones (SL: AlyseDunavantJones), Advocacy and NonProfit; Valerie Hill (SL: Valibrarian), Advocacy and NonProfit; Marie Vans (SL: amvans Lapis), Advocacy and NonProfit

Description: Through librarians’ perspectives, this presentation analyzes conflicting definitions of VR and virtual worlds and addresses friction between VR and 3D virtual world developers and users. The presentation contrasts two free, desktop-compatible VR worlds (AltspaceVR and Sansar) and summarizes the state of communities in these worlds vs. 3D virtual worlds like Second Life. Ultimately, it proposes best practices for future educational collaboration and digital citizenship across virtual platforms.

Participants will be aware of the complex relationship between VR and virtual worlds
Participants will understand advantages, challenges, and tips for collaborating with VR proponents

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Lizard of ARS: Secondary students design parody masks and installation on the OpenSim
Apr 6 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Presenter: Mary Stokrocki (SL: MaryLou Goldrosen), Educators and Trainers
Description: After exploring the OpenSim with students for four years, I invited them to revise my parody play, The Lizards of ARS/ART, a satiric reinterpretation of Baum’s (1900) The Wizard of Oz. Using participatory action research, I gathered their 2-D mask images converted into 3-D forms and related parodies. Two older students arranged them in two different installations on the OpenSim virtual world. This communal experience helped develop imaginative play, digital skills, and diverse art meaning.

Participants will be learn to revise the model parody, transfer 2-D mask, build 3-D form, and install

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Gamification of education: The roles of collaboration and virtual identity
Apr 6 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Presenter: Brant Knutzen (SL: MrK Kas), Educators and Trainers
Description: This project is an investigation of the factors which affect the engagement and satisfaction of learners using a multi-user virtual immersive environment. The focus is on the roles that the social construction of knowledge, and a virtual identity, play in influencing the decision of learners to continue exploring a virtual environment for solutions to problems. Can the gamification of tasks effectively motivate learners to continue? I invite you to try my new game in SL and see what you think!

Participants will be able to socially collaborate on solving problems in a virtual world
Participants will be able to form a new identity to solve problems in a virtual world

Accessibility: None provided by speaker