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
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.

What’s the reality of virtual conferences?
Apr 4 @ 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Presenter:  Alice Krueger (SL: Gentle Heron), Virtual Ability Inc.
Description: Our organization, as do others in virtual worlds, holds virtual conferences annually. How does conference organization and preparation compare to physical world conferences? What advantages do virtual conferences provide for organizers, presenters, and attendees? How can these conferences be improved?

Encourage other organizations to hold virtual conferences.
Improve the preparation and running of virtual conferences.

Accessibility: Voice & Speakeasy Hud tool

The making of “Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is Me”
Apr 4 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Discussion Moderator: Lorraine Storry Mockford (SL: LoriVonne Lustre)

Join us on the Social Plaza for a discussion about the making of Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is Me as a follow up from this morning’s keynote presentation.  Bring your questions for the film maker, Bernhard Drax / Draxtor Despres, and the researchers (if they are able).  Most importantly, this is your opportunity to meet the participants in this outstanding research and film.

Be sure to watch Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is Me.

Accessibility: Voice, Speakeasy Hud tool, transcription

 

Apr
5
Fri
2019
Creating a future full of opportunity within our global village
Apr 5 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Presenter: Jessie Nunes (SL: Catalina Staheli), Northwest Arctic Borough School District
Description: Bringing powerful, positive change to remote, rural areas through an introduction of opportunities in online careers as content-creators, 3D modelers online, and more.

Reaching students through their interests.
Bringing rural students into the global society in positive, innovative ways.

Location: Lecture Area A
Accessibility: Voice and transcriptionist

Nonprofit Commons past reflections, future directions
Apr 5 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Compass Point Discussion Presenters: Cynthia Calogne (SL: Lyr Lobo); Joyce Bettencourt (SL: Rhiannon Chatnoir); Renne Emiko Brock (SL: Zinnia Zauber); Buffy Bye (SL: Buffy Beale); Sheila Webber (SL: Sheila Yoshikawa)

Description: After a year of reflection and evolution the Nonprofit Commons re:Vision examines the future of shared communities, presenting professional development and promoting nonprofit organizations that use virtual world platforms. Our meetings feature learning and networking, helping the community to grow stronger in technology use.

Attendees will explore how to strengthen re:Vision among the educational and nonprofit communities.

Location: Quadrivium
Accessibility: Voice, notes, transcription

 

Perspectives on virtual professional learning communities
Apr 5 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Presenter: Vasili Giannoutsos (SL: Bluebarker Lowtide), Virginia Society of Technology in Education (VSTE)
Description: A look at over a decade of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) online in forum, virtual worlds, and video hangouts. From participant to leader, the journey of an experienced virtual PLC member always take such unexpected roles. We will be looking at various ideas, roles, and positions that users can take in these various digital settings. Where you can be engage in a community online yet; working on a research paper, texting colleagues, grading, and planning lessons; all at the same time. Hypertasking is the new norm.

Participants will be able to identify the different levels of engagement of online participants.
Participants will be able to reflect meaningfully on their own online experiences.

Location: Lecture Area A
Accessibility: Written script will be made available during the presentation

Apr
6
Sat
2019
Dickens Project exemplifies virtual collaboration
Apr 6 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

SPOTLIGHT
Presenters: Valerie Hill (SL: Valibrarian Gregg), Peninsula College; Breiana Theodore (SL: Jodie Landon); Mary Pat Lynch (SL: Aoife Lorefield)
Description: The Dickens Project, a virtual simulation of A Christmas Carol and the life and times of Charles Dickens built by Seanchai Library, has been held annually in Second Life for six years. The Community Virtual Library partnered with Seanchai Library for the past three years to enhance the educational simulation with research and the Urchins of London game was added in 2018. The collaborative process illustrates best practices for virtual world learning.
Participants will observe successful virtual world collaboration for deep learning across distance.
Participants will interact with librarians, educators, and artists working together.

Accessibility: Voice and SpeakEasy HUD Tool

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.