VWBPE Calendar

All sessions of the VWBPE 2019 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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Mar
28
Thu
2019
The Adventures of Floridiana Jones
Mar 28 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Hosts: Shannon Bohle, Archivopedia LLC ; Marilyn G. Teolis, Medical Librarian
Description: The Adventures of Floridiana Jones is a game created by medical librarians and nurse educators for diabetics. There are two versions of the game. One is a mobile app and the other is in Second Life. Participants attending this event in Second Life will become players assuming the role of Floridiana “Andy” Jones, who along with his guide, Fadil, are searching for the priceless, Golden Ankh Necklace in an Egyptian pyramid. To stay alive, players must traverse all three levels of the pyramid, encountering many pitfalls amid their hunt for clues and answers until reaching the necklace. The project is part of a formal medical pilot study designed to engage patients, health care providers, and the public in order to augment their knowledge of diabetes management. Following their participation, players may volunteer to provide feedback, or participate in a survey or interview for the study.

Participants will experience an example of gamification for health education, specifically diabetes education.
Participants will learn techniques applied for gamification and data collection for research and publication purposes. They can participate on a volunteer basis in the clinical pilot study by completing a survey after undertaking the educational game.

Access: This is in Second Life. See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended.
Location / SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Health%20Adventures%20I/50/98/2003
Accessibility: Provision for voice and text during the immersive experience

Apr
2
Tue
2019
You have been recruited to join The Agency!
Apr 2 @ 06:00 PM – 07:30 PM

Host: Brant Knutzen (SL: MrK Kas), University of Hong Kong
Description: You have been recruited to join the Agency, to stop dark forces from diverting the river of time.
Your team is forming up to teleport into the Nautilus, a submarine hidden on the edge of the Republic of Venice in the year 1600.
You must work as a group to find clues to the disappearance of Captain Nemo, and don dive suits to explore the ocean floor and reveal the mysterious beginnings of the dark force. Later, you will take command of the Black Pearl pirate ship, and stop the invasion of Venice!

Participants will be able to socially collaborate on solving problems in a virtual world.
Participants will be able to form a new identity to solve problems in a virtual world.

Access: This event takes place in Second Life. See the conference website for information about creating a Second Life account. Either SL or Firestorm viewers are recommended.

You will need to register in order to play the game however. The URL for registering an account on the Moodle server to play the game in SL is: https://participativelearning.org/enrol/index.php?id=9 (or simply bit.ly/THE_AGENCY)
To register, click on the “Continue” button, then read the instructions and click the “Create new account” button.

If you just want to tag along without registering simply go to the location.
Location / SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lingnan%20Drama%20Island/214/23/13
Accessibility: Transcriptionist will be provided
Apr
4
Thu
2019
Science Circle: Innovators in global science education
Apr 4 @ 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Compass Point Round Table Discussion
Presenters: Mike Shaw (SL: Shawza Tunwarm), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Matthew Burr (SL: Beragon Betts); Robert Knop (SL: Prospero Frobozz); Vic Michalak (SL: Phil Youngblood); Steven van Hook (SL: Kip Roffo)
Description: The Science Circle is a 10 year old alliance of scientists, educators, students, and science enthusiasts who collaborate to share knowledge and promote open source education worldwide. Our mission is to enhance science understanding through interdisciplinary dialog via virtual environments and social media. We continue to collaborate with educators and researchers to re:envision innovative ways to attract and engage a diverse people and ideas, while working to solve technological and user issues.
Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to see how Virtual Worlds can facilitate open-source STE(A)M education.
2. Participants will be able to consider the interplay between VWs and the toolbox of social media.

The need to determine a Trusted Friend
Apr 4 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

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.

Accessibility: Voice & SpeakEasy HUD Tool

Apr
6
Sat
2019
Gamification of education: The roles of collaboration and virtual identity
Apr 6 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Presenter: Brant Knutzen (SL: MrK Kas), Educators and Trainers
Description: This project is an investigation of the factors which affect the engagement and satisfaction of learners using a multi-user virtual immersive environment. The focus is on the roles that the social construction of knowledge, and a virtual identity, play in influencing the decision of learners to continue exploring a virtual environment for solutions to problems. Can the gamification of tasks effectively motivate learners to continue? I invite you to try my new game in SL and see what you think!

Participants will be able to socially collaborate on solving problems in a virtual world
Participants will be able to form a new identity to solve problems in a virtual world

Accessibility: None provided by speaker

Apr
12
Fri
2019
CVL Presents: Hypergrid Resources Library Poker Run!
Apr 12 @ 09:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Hosts: Bethany Winslow (Bethany Winslow), Project Lead for CVL’s Hypergrid Resources Library; Valerie Hill (Valibrarian), Director, Community Virtual Library
Description: Embark on a hypergrid adventure and poker run to visit two Hypergrid Resource Libraries in development on the Kitely and Avacon grids. This Community Virtual Library project will provide resources to help educators new to OpenSim to develop sustainable communities of practice across multiple virtual worlds. Help us test our hypergrid portals and give us your valuable feedback that will guide the ongoing development of the library in both locations. Plus, the best poker hand wins a prize!
Participants will be able to find this growing resource, and hopefully be inspired to get involved!
Participants will be able to understand how these resources will help educators new to OpenSim.

This venue will be available for individual exploration. Visit whenever you like, as often as you wish, from the weekend of the conference through Sunday April 21st. Enter the prize drawing by taking an in-world screenshot of your best poker hand. Email your screenshot to bethany.winslow@sjsu.edu by no later than midnight Sunday April 21, 2019. The best hand wins as-yet-to-be- determined prize!

Access: This event starts in Kitely, then we will be hypergridding to the library branch in Avacon grid. Hypergridding means jumping from a grid hosted on one server to another grid, which can be on another server, located anywhere in the world! Choose one of the following options to start in Kitely:
1. Create a new free account on the Kitely grid OR
2. Use an existing OpenSim Avatar/Account to hypergrid to Kitely

OPTION 1:
Follow the steps below, or watch this short tutorial video: Find the CVL Hypergrid Library via a Kitely Account (3:12) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ich4LPkYIZE&feature=youtu.be
a. Create a free account with Kitely – https://www.kitely.com/
b. Download and install an OpenSim enabled version of the Firestorm viewer -https://www.firestormviewer.org/downloads/
c. Login to Kitely and use the world map to search for Cookie II
d. At the Cookie II welcome station, walk toward the large map that shows an aerial view of the whole region. The Hypergrid Resources Library is the second grid from the left at the top of the map.
e. Click directly on that part of the map to teleport to the library.

NOTE: If you have any difficulties, please see this written tutorial (with five short videos) – http://www.newmediaarts.org/home/projects/have-a-r-t-will-travel/ (New Media Arts sponsors the Community Virtual Library) or refer to the Kitely article:  How to Enter Kitely Virtual Worlds – https://kitely.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/doc/pages/4849666/How+to+Enter+Kitely+Virtual+Worlds

OPTION 2:
You can use an existing OpenSim account to search for and hypergrid to Kitely using the URL http://grid.kitely.com:8002. Then search and teleport to Cookie II. At the welcome station you will find a map to teleport directly to the CLV Hypergrid Library.
Follow the steps below, or watch this short tutorial video: Find the CVL Hypergrid Library via OS Grid (1:59) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJnFOq0t20g&feature=youtu.be
a. Login to OpenSim and pull up the world map. (From the top tool bar in Firestorm, click on World, then World Map or use the map icon in the lower tool bar.)
b. Search for http://grid.kitely.com:8002 and then click Teleport.
c. At the Kitely welcome station pull up the world map and search for Cookie II and click to teleport. (NOTE: You may get a notice that the teleport failed, but that’s normal. It just means the world is booting up.)
d. At the welcome area for Cookie II, walk toward the large map that shows an aerial view of the whole region. The Hypergrid Resources Library is the second island from the left at the top of the map.
e. Click directly on that part of the map to teleport to the library.

Accessibility: SpeakEasy HUD Tool