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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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.

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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.

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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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GUINEVERE: Learn a language through games in virtual worlds
Apr 5 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Presenters: Heike Philp (SL: Gwen Gwasi); Letizia Cinganotto
Description: Digital game-play has become a popular way of practising a language and many youngsters enjoy playing this in their spare time. EU funded project 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.

The project team wishes to share their developed documents on game design and communication in Virtual Worlds.

Location: Lecture Area B
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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
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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

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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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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

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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
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