VWBPE Calendar

All sessions of the VWBPE 2019 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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Mar
24
Sun
2019
The Design of Virtual Reality Art Galleries
Mar 24 @ 06:00 PM – 06:30 PM

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

Mar
25
Mon
2019
VCARA: Participate. Educate. Innovate.
Mar 25 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Host: Alyse Dunavant-Jones (SL: AlyseDunavantJones), Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration, School of Information, San Jose State University
Description: Participants will explore the U-See-Um exhibit and interact with diverse media to answer questions about the evolution of SJSU iSchool’s VCARA as an immersive learning space with content related to virtual worlds, education, information science and archives. Then participants will navigate through the 10-story Archivium, interacting with past VCARA conference presentations including slideshows, video, text, and audio to receive a prize at the top.
Participants will locate exhibit content to identify key aspects of immersive education history.
Participants will encounter and analyze interactive content while navigating an immersive landscape.

Access: This event takes place in 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 VCARA). Information will be provided.
Location / SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SJSU%20SLIS/47/83/33
Accessibility: SpeakEasy HUD Tool
This venue will be available for individual exploration after the presentation.

Mar
28
Thu
2019
The Adventures of Floridiana Jones
Mar 28 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Hosts: Shannon Bohle, Archivopedia LLC ; Marilyn G. Teolis, Medical Librarian
Description: The Adventures of Floridiana Jones is a game created by medical librarians and nurse educators for diabetics. There are two versions of the game. One is a mobile app and the other is in Second Life. Participants attending this event in Second Life will become players assuming the role of Floridiana “Andy” Jones, who along with his guide, Fadil, are searching for the priceless, Golden Ankh Necklace in an Egyptian pyramid. To stay alive, players must traverse all three levels of the pyramid, encountering many pitfalls amid their hunt for clues and answers until reaching the necklace. The project is part of a formal medical pilot study designed to engage patients, health care providers, and the public in order to augment their knowledge of diabetes management. Following their participation, players may volunteer to provide feedback, or participate in a survey or interview for the study.

Participants will experience an example of gamification for health education, specifically diabetes education.
Participants will learn techniques applied for gamification and data collection for research and publication purposes. They can participate on a volunteer basis in the clinical pilot study by completing a survey after undertaking the educational game.

Access: This is in Second Life. See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended.
Location / SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Health%20Adventures%20I/50/98/2003
Accessibility: Provision for voice and text during the immersive experience

Mar
30
Sat
2019
CANCELLED :: Storming the Bastille: A Look at the French Revolution
Mar 30 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Life gets busy and choices have to be made. We look forward to an offering from Johannes in 2020.

Presenter: johannes1977 Resident

Description: Storming the Bastille: A Look at the French Revolution will be an interactive walk through timeline, where participants can learn about the French Revolution and get an idea of how they can present important moments in history in virtual worlds.

Access: Second Life. See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended.
This venue will be available for a limited time for individual exploration after the presentation.

Location / SLURL: TBA

Accessibility: SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Apr
1
Mon
2019
The Queen’s Heroes in the Five Kingdoms
Apr 1 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

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

Apr
2
Tue
2019
You have been recruited to join The Agency!
Apr 2 @ 06:00 PM – 07:30 PM

Host: Brant Knutzen (SL: MrK Kas), University of Hong Kong
Description: You have been recruited to join the Agency, to stop dark forces from diverting the river of time.
Your team is forming up to teleport into the Nautilus, a submarine hidden on the edge of the Republic of Venice in the year 1600.
You must work as a group to find clues to the disappearance of Captain Nemo, and don dive suits to explore the ocean floor and reveal the mysterious beginnings of the dark force. Later, you will take command of the Black Pearl pirate ship, and stop the invasion of Venice!

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.

Access: This event takes place in Second Life. See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended.

You will need to register in order to play the game however. The URL for registering an account on the Moodle server to play the game in SL is: https://participativelearning.org/enrol/index.php?id=9 (or simply bit.ly/THE_AGENCY)
To register, click on the “Continue” button, then read the instructions and click the “Create new account” button.

If you just want to tag along without registering simply go to the location.
Location / SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lingnan%20Drama%20Island/214/23/13
Accessibility: Transcriptionist will be provided
Apr
7
Sun
2019
German Reform Education : Past and Present
Apr 7 @ 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM

Host: Santiboy Resident
Description: In Germany, in early 20th century, responding to restrictive schooling, a couple of alternative educational ideas were transferred into operating schools. While differing a lot in detail, most approaches labeled “Reformpaedagogik” developed school communities that were inspired by the idea that students and teachers should develop their own schools and organize both, curriculum and school life around their initiatives. SL Salem School Landschulheim tries to catch these ideals into a modern virtual.
Learn about the ideas of a “Reformpaedagogik” School.
Experience part of day in a Landschulheim (rural school based on the ideas of “reformpaedagogik”).

Access:  Second Life. See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended.

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Selby/163/185/58

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

This venue will be available for individual exploration after the presentation.

Apr
8
Mon
2019
Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary Virtual Ritual
Apr 8 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Hosts: Stasia Weston (Aevalle Galicia); Belladonna Laveau (Belladonna Yarrowroot); Stacia Sylvester (Stacia Abonwood); Isidora LaVeau (IsidoraKite Resident); Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary

Description: In this immersive experience, we’ll start by providing a short orientation and then allowing visitors to go through a variation of one of the healing/blessing rituals set up to be self-paced. Our students learn how to prepare such rituals in the virtual world so that they will then have the skills to perform them for their interfaith / pagan communities in the real world. Notecards with important landmarks on the school’s sim will be provided, should visitors wish to explore further.
To demonstrate how we integrate a variety of technologies to provide a multi-layered educational experience.
To engage participants in a virtual ritual demonstration, created by our students.

Access: See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended. Skype will be used for an orientation to demonstrate the Moodle and Office 365 tools used by the school.
Accessibility: A written script will be available during the presentation.
Location: Sacred Cauldron

This venue will be available until 21 April for individual exploration after the presentation.

Apr
9
Tue
2019
Hunt Adventure: Escape the Vikings!
Apr 9 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Hosts: Ann von Rhein, CET; Quintus Petilius Secundus, MUSA SL; Petrus Cornelius Silvanus

Description: The hunt is an interactive and immersive activity in one part of a virtual museum set up as a Viking village in SL.  Participants engage in an innovative adventure in order to solve different problems dealing with history while using English to cooperate creatively.
Participants will be able to immerse in a mixed hunt and escape the room historical setting.

Access: Second Life. See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended. Avatars must be at least 60 days old. Contact the owner in advance (Severus Alexander) if you would like to bring new avatar students.

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Buttercup%20Isle/159/40/2188

Accessibility: A script of the presentation will be provided.

This venue will be available for individual exploration after the presentation.

Apr
11
Thu
2019
GUINEVERE Island in OpenSim
Apr 11 @ 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM

Hosts: Heike Philp (Gwen Gwasi); Nick Zwart; Tuncer Can; Carol Rainbow; All – GUINEVERE Project
Description: Come join us for a visit to GUINEVERE island, built for EU funded GUINEVERE project. GUINEVERE stands for “Games Used IN Engaging Virtual Environments for Real-time language Education” with 5 European partners who spend 2 years developing a teacher training course for language educators. 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. We developed a sim with quests and games. You are invited to play.
Learn to practise teamwork trying to solve the quests.

Access: Open Sim.  If you do not have an OpenSim avatar as of yet, you can register it here http://world.guinevereproject.eu/help/register.html. If you already have an Open Sim or Kitely avatar, hypergridding is enabled at the time of the event http://world.guinevereproject.eu:8002
Firestorm view is recommended: https://www.firestormviewer.org/downloads

Accessibility: Adobe Connect in parallel http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/guinevere

 

Apr
12
Fri
2019
CVL Presents: Hypergrid Resources Library Poker Run!
Apr 12 @ 09:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Hosts: Bethany Winslow (Bethany Winslow), Project Lead for CVL’s Hypergrid Resources Library; Valerie Hill (Valibrarian), Director, Community Virtual Library
Description: Embark on a hypergrid adventure and poker run to visit two Hypergrid Resource Libraries in development on the Kitely and Avacon grids. This Community Virtual Library project will provide resources to help educators new to OpenSim to develop sustainable communities of practice across multiple virtual worlds. Help us test our hypergrid portals and give us your valuable feedback that will guide the ongoing development of the library in both locations. Plus, the best poker hand wins a prize!
Participants will be able to find this growing resource, and hopefully be inspired to get involved!
Participants will be able to understand how these resources will help educators new to OpenSim.

This venue will be available for individual exploration. Visit whenever you like, as often as you wish, from the weekend of the conference through Sunday April 21st. Enter the prize drawing by taking an in-world screenshot of your best poker hand. Email your screenshot to bethany.winslow@sjsu.edu by no later than midnight Sunday April 21, 2019. The best hand wins as-yet-to-be- determined prize!

Access: This event starts in Kitely, then we will be hypergridding to the library branch in Avacon grid. Hypergridding means jumping from a grid hosted on one server to another grid, which can be on another server, located anywhere in the world! Choose one of the following options to start in Kitely:
1. Create a new free account on the Kitely grid OR
2. Use an existing OpenSim Avatar/Account to hypergrid to Kitely

OPTION 1:
Follow the steps below, or watch this short tutorial video: Find the CVL Hypergrid Library via a Kitely Account (3:12) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ich4LPkYIZE&feature=youtu.be
a. Create a free account with Kitely – https://www.kitely.com/
b. Download and install an OpenSim enabled version of the Firestorm viewer -https://www.firestormviewer.org/downloads/
c. Login to Kitely and use the world map to search for Cookie II
d. At the Cookie II welcome station, walk toward the large map that shows an aerial view of the whole region. The Hypergrid Resources Library is the second grid from the left at the top of the map.
e. Click directly on that part of the map to teleport to the library.

NOTE: If you have any difficulties, please see this written tutorial (with five short videos) – http://www.newmediaarts.org/home/projects/have-a-r-t-will-travel/ (New Media Arts sponsors the Community Virtual Library) or refer to the Kitely article:  How to Enter Kitely Virtual Worlds – https://kitely.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/doc/pages/4849666/How+to+Enter+Kitely+Virtual+Worlds

OPTION 2:
You can use an existing OpenSim account to search for and hypergrid to Kitely using the URL http://grid.kitely.com:8002. Then search and teleport to Cookie II. At the welcome station you will find a map to teleport directly to the CLV Hypergrid Library.
Follow the steps below, or watch this short tutorial video: Find the CVL Hypergrid Library via OS Grid (1:59) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJnFOq0t20g&feature=youtu.be
a. Login to OpenSim and pull up the world map. (From the top tool bar in Firestorm, click on World, then World Map or use the map icon in the lower tool bar.)
b. Search for http://grid.kitely.com:8002 and then click Teleport.
c. At the Kitely welcome station pull up the world map and search for Cookie II and click to teleport. (NOTE: You may get a notice that the teleport failed, but that’s normal. It just means the world is booting up.)
d. At the welcome area for Cookie II, walk toward the large map that shows an aerial view of the whole region. The Hypergrid Resources Library is the second island from the left at the top of the map.
e. Click directly on that part of the map to teleport to the library.

Accessibility: SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Apr
13
Sat
2019
Creative Expression at CVL’s Music Library
Apr 13 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

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.

Apr
14
Sun
2019
CERTsimulator: Community Emergency Response Team Basic Training
Apr 14 @ 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Host: Cindy Bolero
Description: CERTsimulator (Beta) is an immersive multi-user online 3D disaster management training and practice platform. It is designed to utilize the FEMA Incident Command System (ICS), and for post Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training. It is a supplemental to real life field exercises. Besides collaborative team work within the 3D environments, the platform also serves as a presentation tool and as a small or large-scale conference venue.
Participants will learn of the advantages and challenges regarding special-use design.

Access and location:
This tour will be on a public grid (PG), and not on CERTsimulator’s private server. The environments are exactly the same, but the interface has more features and destinations that accompany the public grid. While this virtual world does run on web browsers, but is more full featured with a client player download.
1. Start here to create an account: https://sine.space/signup/refer/MjEwNjM3NA
2. Download the client player, AFTER creating account at Step 1 –  https://sine.space/download
3. Install and launch the SineSpace client player
4. Enter Username & Password
5. Upon arriving in the Community Welcome Area, find either the Explore button (Lower left) or Search field (Top)
6. Enter “CERTsim Gateway” to find the CERTsim gateway region. Select Enter from Search results, to teleport.

Notes about Windows & Mac:
Because the platform is in Beta, some Window’s users may get a potential virus notice upon install. Not to worry. Its just automated response and there is no threat. For Mac users, the install is painless, but some inworld features like webpage screens and video viewers inworld may not work.

Accessibility: text chat

Apr
15
Mon
2019
Digital Citizens around a Community Drum
Apr 15 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Hosts: Valerie Hill (Valibrarian Gregg), Community Virtual Library; Kara Bennett (Dancers Yao), Elder Voices
Description: As digital citizens, we each are journeying along a unique path with a personal story and perspective. Global digital participatory culture requires personal responsibilities for authenticity and ethics. Come learn about a storytelling community drum advocating digital citizenship. Share stories in a 3D learning environment.
Participants will witness various perspectives of digital citizenship through personal stories.
Participants will have an opportunity to voice their own digital citizenship stories.

Access: Second Life. See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended.
Accessibility: Speakeasy Hud tool

This venue will be available for individual exploration after the presentation.

Apr
17
Wed
2019
Operation AVATAR and Snoozeum
Apr 17 @ 02:00 PM – 03:30 PM

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.
Accessibility: SpeakEasy HUD Tool

This venue will be available for individual exploration after the presentation.

Apr
19
Fri
2019
Digital Citizenship Museum in Kitely
Apr 19 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Hosts: Marie Vans (amvans lapis); Valerie Hill (Valibrarian Gregg); Alyse Dunavant-Jones (Antemeridian Discjockey); All – Community Virtual Library

Description: Participants will first participate in an interactive presentation that describes Digital Citizenship and the goals of the sim. Each of several buildings houses either a multi-media presentation or interactive slide show for a topic within Digital Citizenship. The interactive materials in each building were created by a variety of educators across the metaverse, bringing a diverse set of perspectives and ideas which we will then discuss near the end of the allotted time.
Participants will be able to disseminate information on what it means to be digital citizen in Virtual Worlds.
Participants will be able to voice meaningful suggestions on improving digital citizenship education.

Access: Digital Citizenship Museum in Kitely. The Digital Citizenship Museum is part of the series of Cookie II islands run by New Media Arts. You will need a Kitely avatar or can hypergrid with an OpenSim avatar. Create an account here: https://www.kitely.com/
Log into Kitely. Go to Cookie II. Go to Digital Citizenship Museum.
For detailed information about creating a Kitely avatar or hypergridding from OpenSim SEE the program entry:  CVL Presents: Hypergrid Resources Library Poker Run!
Location URL: In Kitely:  hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/644/899/22

Accessibility: Speakeasy Hud tool

This venue will be available for individual exploration after the presentation.