VWBPE 2022: PHOENIX RISING

About the Conference

The 15th annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference will be an online distributed conference happening in multiple virtual spaces. This conference focuses on the use of immersive virtual environments for educational purposes including virtual and augmented reality. 

To the best ability possible, VWBPE provides educational and networking opportunities that are relevant to educational curriculum development utilizing virtual environments and “best practices”. These include

  • helping to build community through extension of learning best practices to practical application of those ideas and techniques;
  • providing networking opportunities for educators and the communities that help support education; and
  • providing access to current innovations, trends, ideas, case studies, and other best practices for educators and the communities that help support education

Primarily, the issue being faced by the educational community is how to make the best use of new immersive technologies in a way that is sustainable and accessible based on limited budgets available to both instructors and students. Platforms that are free or open source, or that can be shared across a broad audience are showcased including methods and research around best practices in their use and applicability.

VWBPE will again be using Linden Lab’s Second Life environment as our primary conference venue for meetings, exhibits, roundtables, and discussions. Participants are free to submit proposals and immersive experience tours on any environment for education using technologies for virtual or augmented reality. We actively encourage showcasing multiple technology platforms. This includes practical application, researched papers, conceptual, and content creation supporting those technologies.

Our theme for this year is Phoenix Rising and the exploration of areas outside of our expertise that may be potentially opposed to our current outlook or world view. As educators, we are having to adjust to more than just a transition from in-person to online methodologies. We are facing urgent challenges in the areas of remote classroom management, outdated policies or policies not designed to be applied to online environments, child psychology and welfare in online environments, health and safety considerations, and personal privacy, among others. This means embracing the ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and innovative technologies to their best effect.

Important Dates

Conference

Immersive Experiences
OPEN: March 13, 2022
CLOSE: April 14, 2022

Exhibits
OPEN: March 13, 2022
CLOSE:April 14, 2022

Main Conference
OPEN: March 31, 2022
CLOSE: April 2, 2022

Call for Proposals

Presentations:
OPEN: Early November
CLOSE: January 31, 2022

Exhibits:
OPEN: Early November
CLOSE: February 14, 2022

Immersive Experiences:
OPEN: Early November
CLOSE: February 14, 2022

Call for Sponsors

Call for Sponsors:

OPEN: November 2, 2022
CLOSE: February 14, 2022

Registration

OPEN: November 9, 2022

Conference Schedule

Published: February 18, 2022

Exhibitors Access

Region Access for Exhibitors
OPEN: February 11, 2022

Networking Events

VWBPE Networking Socials

January 20, 2022, 5:00pm PT
February 17, 2022, 5:00pm PT