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Keynote Presenter: Dr. Tom Boellstorff, University of California Irvine
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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Presenter: Josain Zsun (avatar), Chilbo
Description: Expedition Central was a location providing links for avatars to travel and explore Second Life.
With Cyrus Hush, (Expedition Central founder), passing, no further maintenance can be done. Had a Trusted Friend been provided with account information, ownership could be transferred and pending projects could be completed. New information will be presented, based on previous discussions.
Participants will be able to designate a Trusted Friend to access and transfer project rights, when a user can no longer login.
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Presenter: Kenneth Y T Lim (SL: Veritas Raymaker),
Description: This presentation introduces an approach to the use of Augmented Reality (AR) in the design of learning environments, which foregrounds the surfacing of novice conceptions. Termed Learner-Generated Augmentation, the approach differs from the majority of current interventions with AR in that it does not presume upon the pre-design of learning artifacts by experts. In this way, it is more scalable and affordable than the approach that is currently default in the use of AR in learning.
Participants will be able to approach Learner-Generated Augmentation as a curriculum design paradigm
Location: Lecture Area B
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