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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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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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
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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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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
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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
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Apr
6
Sat
2019
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

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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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

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