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
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
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).

Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist

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

 

Apr
6
Sat
2019
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.

Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist

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.