VWBPE Calendar

All sessions of the VWBPE 2019 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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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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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.

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
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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
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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

Apr
6
Sat
2019
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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