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
Kick Off and Ribbon Cutting
Apr 4 @ 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM

Join us at the Gateway for Kick Off Event of VWBPE 2019.  This is a time to socialize and network with friends, old and new, while enjoying the lovely piano music of Ari (Arisia Vita). The Conference Executive and Organization Committees will share a few of the upcoming highlights. Executive Director, Phelan Corrimal, will officially start the conference with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. You will also have time to explore and enjoy the exhibits.  Be sure to check for the Exhibit Scavenger Hunt Notecard in your Swag Bag. There will be a prize for completion!

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
Morning Unconference
Apr 5 @ 08:00 AM – 08:50 AM

What’s an Unconference? It’s an unconventional conference within the VWBPE conference! We use Twitter and local chat to engage in dialogue about the topics that were discussed the previous day. Watch this space for topic updates and hashtags – updated Thursday evening – then join us on the Social Plaza and / or on Twitter and help us unpack what we have learned so far.

Unconference rules:
Rule 1: Whoever shows up are the right people
Rule 2: Whatever happens is fine
Rule 3: Whenever it starts is the right time
Rule 4: It is over when it’s over

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
Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Apr
6
Sat
2019
Morning Unconference
Apr 6 @ 08:00 AM – 08:50 AM

What’s an Unconference? It’s an unconventional conference within the VWBPE conference! We use Twitter and local chat to engage in dialogue about the topics that were discussed the previous day. Watch this space for topic updates and hashtags – updated Friday evening – then join us on the Social Plaza and / or on Twitter and help us unpack what we have learned so far.

Unconference rules:
Rule 1: Whoever shows up are the right people
Rule 2: Whatever happens is fine
Rule 3: Whenever it starts is the right time
Rule 4: It is over when it’s over