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
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.

Accessibility: Voice and Speakeasy Hud tool

Quadrivium re:Visioning assessment
Apr 4 @ 01:00 PM – 01:50 PM

Moderator: Scott Grant (Kaylee West)
Assistant: Lynne Berrett (Lissena Resident)

Description: What are the challenges surrounding assessment as we move into the future? What are the current challenges? Are these the same? And if so, how will these be resolved? Join the discussion if you dare! Bring your ideas and an open mind as we explore this always challenging topic.

Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist

Apr
5
Fri
2019
Quadrivium: Professional Learning Communities
Apr 5 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Moderator: Dauna Kiser (Ghaelen D’Lareh)
Assistant: Marie Vans (amvans lapis)
Description: How do you benefit from from engagement with professional learning communities (PLC)? Are your PLCs physical or virtual? How is this connected to professional development?  Bring your ideas to this Quadrivium discussion and and help us explore the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of PLCs.

Location: Quadrivium
Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist

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

Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

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

Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

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

Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Quadrivium: re:Visioning Technology
Apr 6 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Moderator: Adrienne Pascal (SL)
Assistant: Elisa Segoni (Elektra Panthar)

Description: Where will the future of teaching and learning with technology take us? What should we do to prepare ourselves? Our students? How do you choose which technologies to incorporate into your practice? Bring your ideas as we re:Vision teaching and learning with technology.

Location: VWBPE Quadrivium
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.