VWBPE Program

All sessions of the VWBPE 2021 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (Pacific Time).
You may access this time zone converter for your local time: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html.

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Note: Daylight Saving Time

In most of the United States and Canada, Daylight Saving Time is in effect as of 14 March 2021. Is your location affected? Check this page to find out when (and if) Daylight Saving Time begins for you. The Spring/Fall time change occurs throughout March and April, if at all, depending upon your location.


Mar
3
Wed
2021
IE: Are we simple yet? An evaluation tour of Virbela, a 3D environment @ Virbela
Mar 3 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Host: William Krebs (RL) AgileBill Firehawk (SL)

As more and more tools become available, we face greater challenges in evaluating them. How can we tell which are right for us?
In this hands on tour, we visit one such world – Virbela, and consider if it has a sound balance of features for business like needs. That exercise may tell us more about our checklist that can aid future evaluations in many platforms.

  • Evaluate a new virtual platform (Virbela)
  • Reflect in our checklist how we might use for future evaluations of new virtual platforms.

What we are going to do:

  1. Meet at the Starting Point in Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20Gateway/213/77/24
  2. Set up a voice / text backchannel for the tour – we will keep Second Life open during the tour
  3. Receive a notecard with directions to set up Virbela, links to videos, synopsis notes for review, and evaluation checklist

Options: There are several options for participation in this evaluation of Virbela:

  1. To set up a Virbela account and avatar: Go to this Virbela link  (https://www.virbela.com/ ) and click ‘Get Started’ to download the client and setup your account and avatar.
  2. Remain in Second Life and watch the evaluation tour via Twitch: (https://www.twitch.tv/agilebill4d ) while participating in the back channel
  3. Remain in Second Life and participate in the back channel only

Feel free to message AgileBill Firehawk in Second Life for setup help or questions.

Open for self-directed exploration after the event: Yes. Feel free to continue to explore Virbela

Accessibility: Written script during the presentation, text chat

Mar
4
Thu
2021
IE: Poland History House – Interactive History Telling @ Poland House - Madhupak
Mar 4 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Host: Dex Euromat (SL)

Join us for a visit to Poland History House in Second Life. This is your chance to learn all about Poland, a Central European country that has gone through many changes over time. Poland History House offers 3 floors with interactive history telling objects like dates, information, media-textures, and holodeck scenes. The project continues to grow with new temporary exhibits about historic events being added. Do be sure to come back often.

  • Participants will be able to get information around history of Poland.
  • Participants will be able to learn history telling with simple interactive objects.

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Directions: You will require a Second Life account and avatar. Go to the location below at the designated time.

Location – Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madhupak/196/129/65

Open to self-directed exploration after the event: Yes

 

Mar
6
Sat
2021
IE: Lessons by the Sea @ SLEA - Lessons by the Sea
Mar 6 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Hosts: Jessamine2108 Resident; Briony Writer; impossibleisnotfrench

This Second Life Endowment for Arts (SLEA) exhibit brings awareness about how humans are destroying the delicate ecological balance and uses a story to display an alternative way of living to preserve our environment. The Immersive Experience is through the tunnels built under the sea to display the world under the sea; the tunnels also contain alcoves for each scene. Videos about oceans are available to increase the awareness of pollution in the ocean.

  • Gain awareness of pollution in oceans
  • Know alternative ways of living are possible

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Directions: You will need a Second Life account to participate

Location: Second Life-  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA4/112/114/22

Open for self-directed exploration after the event: Yes

Mar
8
Mon
2021
IE: Texas A&M Veterinary Triage and Crisis Simulation @ ALAMOS
Mar 8 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Hosts: Random Cole; Xandi Mars; wildcat winger (zebra3ms) (SL) Dr. Debra L. Zoran, DVM (RL); BetoKaleb (SL)Dr. Noberto F. Espitia (RL);  WombatHN (SL) Dr. Frank M. Cerfogli, DVM (RL)

The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) and their virtual world facilitators demonstrate and discuss their tornado disaster simulations in Second Life. In active use for over 5 years, the VET crisis simulation is used to immerse Texas A&M veterinary students in emergency situations requiring animal triage, site security, situational awareness, media awareness and other skills they will need when facing real-world disaster scenarios.

  • Experience a complex virtual disaster simulation for emergency animal triage.
  • Explore the role of environment and strong roleplaying in immersion and learning retention.

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Directions: Second Life account is required to participate. Access to this location is restricted. Attendees must be members of the VWBPE group in Second Life. Join the group and wear your tag!

Location (Second Life): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ALAMOS/203/88/33

Open for self-directed exploration after the event: No

Mar
9
Tue
2021
IE: The Butterfly Eyeffect: Touch of Light at the Edge of the World @ Viridian Gallery - Antar
Mar 9 @ 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM

Host: Eyeclectic (SL) John Stone (RL), HeArts Coming Togerther; Jules McWinnie (SL) Julian Stone (RL), Viridian Gallery

“The Butterfly Eyeffect: Touch of Light at the Edge of the World” is a study of phenology and symbiosis in relationship with Nature, leading us to ponder what the world will be like when we see everything through eyes of LOVE? Those who have experienced call it “Magic,” and, “Important to the world!” One visitor said she couldn’t sleep after, !nspired by ALL the pictures in her mind to write instead, creating waves around the world, as “Imaginal Cells” cause a Caterpillar to become a Butterfly.

  • Deeper awareness of how everything is connected in the timeless science of relationship with nature.
  • Bee !nspired to find and share the Treasure (Seeds of Infinite Peace) with the world and sow on >+=>

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Directions: Second Life account required to participate. Restricted to 20 participants at a time.

Location (Second Life): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antara/230/4/24

Open for self-directed exploration after the event: Yes, until 14 March 2021

Mar
11
Thu
2021
IE: The Butterfly Eyeffect: Touch of Light at the Edge of the World @ Viridian Gallery - Antar
Mar 11 @ 04:00 PM – 05:30 PM

Host: Eyeclectic (SL) John Stone (RL), HeArts Coming Togerther; Jules McWinnie (SL) Julian Stone (RL), Viridian Gallery

“The Butterfly Eyeffect: Touch of Light at the Edge of the World” is a study of phenology and symbiosis in relationship with Nature, leading us to ponder what the world will be like when we see everything through eyes of LOVE? Those who have experienced call it “Magic,” and, “Important to the world!” One visitor said she couldn’t sleep after, !nspired by ALL the pictures in her mind to write instead, creating waves around the world, as “Imaginal Cells” cause a Caterpillar to become a Butterfly.

  • Deeper awareness of how everything is connected in the timeless science of relationship with nature.
  • Bee !nspired to find and share the Treasure (Seeds of Infinite Peace) with the world and sow on >+=>

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Directions: Second Life account required to participate. Restricted to 20 participants at a time.

Location (Second Life): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antara/230/4/24

Open for self-directed exploration after the event: Yes, until 14 March 2021

Mar
12
Fri
2021
IE: Hitchcock: The evolution of the plot twist @ SL - Hitchcock
Mar 12 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Host: Johannes Huntsman (SL)

This exhibition will demonstrate how Alfred Hitchcock perfected the literary element of the plot twist in his films, with immersive scenes from Pyscho, The Birds, Vertigo, and North by Northwest

  • Participants will be able to identify plot twists

Accessibility: Written script will be available during the presentation

Directions: Second Life account is required for participation

Location – Second Life: TBA

Available for self-directed exploration after the event: Yes

Mar
13
Sat
2021
IE: The Quest for the Galaxy Language @ Inspiration Island
Mar 13 @ 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM

Hosts: Dancers Yao (SL) Kara Bennet (RL), Elder Voices,Inc; Lissena (SL) Lynne Barrett (RL), Timeless Mind Project

In this adventure people will discover universal problem-solving abilities to confront life threatening challenges. It is presented as a science fiction story that began with a visit from Extraterrestrials who appeared as Avatars on Inspiration Island and encouraged people to learn the Galaxy Language. The ETs left guidelines for creating a visual and musical language to help hold onto the value of life even in the worst of times. Join our quest and share ideas for the virtual and real world.

  • Participants will be able to learn problem-solving abilities for life threatening challenges

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Directions: You will need a Second Life account to participate

Location – Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Inspiration%20Island/67/61/701

Open for self-directed exploration after the event: Yes

Mar
15
Mon
2021
IE: Dance 101: Free dance lessons with live instructors @ Savoy Theater Creations Park
Mar 15 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

Host: Carlyle Chaparal

Many physical world dance gatherings include free open dance lessons for beginners. During the class, people change partners with each new song. You dance with (and meet) a dozen dance partners, and during the rest of the evening, you will likely dance with some of them again. Dance 101 presents six popular Second Life couples dances using sets of popular songs in a partially immersive open air setting. You learn how to match songs with dances. And you change partners… with each new song and new dance. Come for the lessons and stay for the show!

  • Experience learning to couples dance in SL by recognizing types of music and associated dances.
  • Meet some people as you hop from partner to partner during the class

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Directions: Second Life account required to participate

Location – Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Creations%20Park/100/61/25

Open for self-directed exploration after the event: Yes

IE: Dance 101: Free dance lessons with live instructors @ Savoy Theater Creations Park
Mar 15 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Host: Carlyle Chaparal (SL)

Many physical world dance gatherings include free open dance lessons for beginners. During the class, people change partners with each new song. You dance with (and meet) a dozen dance partners, and during the rest of the evening, you will likely dance with some of them again. Dance 101 presents six popular Second Life couples dances using sets of popular songs in a partially immersive open air setting. You learn how to match songs with dances. And you change partners… with each new song and new dance. Come for the lessons and stay for the show!

  • Experience learning to couples dance in SL by recognizing types of music and associated dances.
  • Meet some people as you hop from partner to partner during the class

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Directions: Second Life account is required to participate.

Location – Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Creations%20Park/100/61/25

Open for self-directed exploration after the event: Yes

Mar
17
Wed
2021
VOLUNTEERS ROCK – Our Volunteer Kick Off for VWBPE! @ VWBPE Pyxis
Mar 17 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

We would like to invite all our VWBPE 2021 Reconnaissance Volunteers to join us to celebrate our exciting conference ahead, on St. Patrick’s Day.

We will meet at the Volunteer Pod to make sure everyone has a group tag, get questions asked & answered and Rock with DJ Night!

Finally, we will all gather for our Volunteer 2021 Picture, so you won’t want to miss this very special event, just for our VWBPE Volunteers.

Please join us!

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Gateway%20Pyxis/200/68/1601

Mar
18
Thu
2021
Kick Off Event @ VWBPE Gateway
Mar 18 @ 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM

Join us at the Gateway for the Kick Off Event of VWBPE 2021. 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 Planning Committees will share a few of the upcoming highlights. Executive Director, Phelan Corrimal, will officially start the conference with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  Be sure to find the retro rocket and pick up your swag bag with teleport HUD, schedules and other important information.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Gateway%20Pyxis/100/128/23

KEYNOTE :: About the History of Virtual Reality and the Meaning of VR for Education  @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 18 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM

Speaker: Dr. Undine Frömming (RL) angenblick Winkler (SL); HMKW Berlin, University of Applied Science for Media, Communication and Management. Introduction: 

In her keynote Undine Frömming speaks about the history of virtual worlds since antiquity, and discusses the meaning of stereoscopic Panoramas not only for mass entertainment, but also for the colonial representation of power. She furthermore discusses the problematic reputation of virtual reality in history and raises the question if and how virtual reality and the virtual body can be useful for education, culture and economy today.
Accessibility: Voice to text transcription
3D Diver Training: PADI Enriched Air Diver Certification Online and in Second Life @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 18 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Speaker: Cilian McCullough (SL)

3D Diver Training has developed a unique educational system using immersive 3D environments, scripted tools and simulators to meet specific performance requirements for the internationally recognised PADI Enriched Air Diver certification. Divers can now earn this qualification by taking PADI eLearning online and learning gas analysis and dive planning techniques in Second Life. Until now, divers had to do this at a physical dive centre. Enriched Air Diver is PADI’s most popular specialty for certified divers. Diving with enriched air (aka nitrox or EANx), divers get more decompression time, especially on repetitive dives, within typical recreational scuba depths.

  • Be able to describe how divers complete performance requirements in a 3D simulation, not a dive shop
  • Be able to leverage Second Life technology to meet highly technical course objectives

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Lecture A   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Vulpecula/203/188/1467

Teaching virtual reality for the Saints @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 18 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Speaker: Lyr Lobo (SL)

Designing and teaching an immersive virtual reality class for Saint Martin’s University in Fall 2020 was thrilling and a challenge during 2020. Join us as we explore how to design a course for learners from diverse backgrounds featuring design thinking, VR, 3D game design using a cognitive apprenticeship learning style. The classes were held on opensource virtual world grids using OpenSimulator.

  • Identify how to design and teach a VR and virtual world design class using OpenSimulator.

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Lecture B   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Aquila/165/211/1419

Death by Acronym @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 18 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Speaker: Spiff Whitfield (SL)

American Education is full of acronyms. NCLB, FERPA, DASA, APPR, to list just a few. Behind these acronyms are laws, policies, and mandates that have real impacts on teachers and ultimately students. While some may be good intentioned and valuable, many only serve to create one more layer of bureaucracy and paper work that hinders innovation and creativity. So why haven’t Virtual Worlds become part of our educational landscape? The answer is in the acronyms.

  • Educators will examine the impact on educational policies on Virtual Environments.

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Lecture A   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Vulpecula/203/188/1467

Humanity in the Era of Virtual Connection @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 18 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Speaker: Kristy Handrick (SL)

2020 was not an easy year. I suffered from depression since the beginning of the year. My Second Life best friend ended her life due to depression right before the Covid. During Covid, I hesitated to promote virtual worlds to other educators because I know how difficult it might be for them to just survive. In this year, what I have found is the importance of humanities during the era of virtual connection. With the warmth of humanities, virtual worlds are places for residents to thrive.

  • Participants will be able to rethink the relationship between human and technology
  • Participants will be able to consider the importance of humanity in this time

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Lecture B   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Aquila/165/211/1419

Comparison of Second Life virtual practicum learning outcomes with on-site practicum learning outcomes for nursing infomatics students @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 18 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Speaker: Over50Adventurer (SL)

Nursing Informatics educators from one university did a retrospective study on practicum learning outcomes comparing a Second-Life virtual practicum and an onsite practicum for nursing informatics specialists. The researchers utilized the Nursing Informatics Competency Assessment Tool (NICA-L3/L4), a self-assessment tool to look at graduate level end achievements. The sample included 11 virtual practicum students and 40 onsite practicum students.  Results showed improvement from pre to post for all students meaning both educational venues supported competency achievement.

  • Participants will be able to provide an overview of SL as an option for graduate student practicum.
  • Participants will be able to discuss interim study findings and implications for future practicums.

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Lecture A   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Vulpecula/203/188/1467

VWER debate: Engaging with others @ VWBPE Quadrivium
Mar 18 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Speakers: Sheila Webber / Sheila Yoshikawa (SL); Shailey Minocha / Shailey Garfield (SL); Beth O’Connell / Beth Ghostraven (SL)

Educators who enjoy virtual worlds (VWs) often lament that more educators aren’t here. The pandemic has forced more educators online, and given opportunities for encouraging colleagues to try VWs. Not all will share our feelings about VWs or have the same values/goals: they may be “opposed to our current outlook or world view” (VWBPE website). Organised by the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable (VWER), this session will explore the joys and tensions of engaging with new, different educators in VWs.

  • Participants will reflect on their own attitudes & gained insights about how to make new connections

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Quadrivium North    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Aquila/115/35/1450

Action-packed superheroes and authentic avatars @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 18 @ 01:00 PM – 01:30 PM

Speaker: Zinnia Zauber (SL)

In 2011, I presented at several conferences “Authentic Avatar Brand: Build Trust Through Your Virtual Presence” which included components of my MFA in Visual Art research and thesis. This bellwether content empowered truthful representation of a virtual self. Looking back and moving forward, this VWBPE Redux includes my book “action-packed superheroes” your guide to revealing and utilizing your superpowers and the purpose of your avatar to communicate your enthusiasm, openness, and mission.

  • Participants will be able to use avatar customization to assure virtual world buy in and retention.
  • Participants will be able to analyze their educational motives through appearance and colors.

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Lecture B   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Aquila/165/211/1419

Out of this World Parade @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Mar 18 @ 01:30 PM – 02:00 PM

The VWBPE Annual Parade is a great way to start our social events! This year our “parade” will be an Art Walk. We will tour Gallery 360 which surrounds the Social Spaceport. You won’t want to miss viewing art work by SL creators from around the world…maybe even the universe!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Social%20Lyra/96/176/1644

Music and Dancing @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Mar 18 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

After the Art Walk we will gather in the Social Building for a Celestial Space Party with fabulous tunes and dancing with DJ Coz Okelly. This is a great way to greet old friends and make new ones. Put on your Rocket Boots – I mean dancing shoes, and come join the fun!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Social%20Lyra/96/177/1644

What’s up at the Lab? @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 18 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Interviewer: Kevin Feenan (RL) Phelan Corrimal (SL), VWBPE Director; Rockcliffe University Consortium

Invited Speaker: Patch Linden, VP of Product Operations

Join us for the first of THREE Reconnaissance sessions with Linden Lab. This Above the Book interview will explore what’s new at Linden Lab and the impact on educators and non-profit organizations in Second Life.

Accessibility: Voice to text transcription

Auditorium – Area 52  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Lacerta/238/247/1394

Auditorium – Norgannon  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Monoceros/13/240/1397

Auditorium – Skywall  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Cetus/244/6/1395

 

Quadrivium 1 :: How has the pandemic affected educational technology options and adoption? @ VWBPE Quadrivium
Mar 18 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM

Facilitator: Ghaelen D’Lareh (SL) Dauna Kiser (RL)

Assistant: John Paradigm (SL) Murray Quartly (RL)   

Join us for the first Quadrivium discussion of VWBPE as we explore the options and adoption of educational technologies during the pandemic.

Accessibility: Voice to text transcription

Quadrivium North   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Aquila/115/35/1450

V-SEED project proposal: User; academic free creator from the immersive playful narrative @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 18 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM

Speaker: ecoonis (SL) Christian Jonathan Angel Rueda (RL), Universidad Autonoma de Querataro

V-Seed is a project where the user (teacher or student without distinction) creates, teaches, designs academic activities with an open immersive playful narrative dynamic, based on the macro-concept of “Three-dimensional Immersive Digital Environments,”
The V-Seed: “Scientific Revolutions” Scenario: Chapter – Response to the crisis is an example of an open, academic narrative-play activity developed on the open-source virtual world platform Ticoli cloud (Virtual world (persistent) of VR.

  • Create a VW where the user (teacher,student) has the opportunity to share their ideas at same level.

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Lecture A  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Vulpecula/203/188/1467

 

Forbidden Words @ VWBPE Rings of Saturn
Mar 18 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

You won’t want to miss this word guessing game, where one player has to describe a given word in local text chat while the other players are guessing the described word in text chat. The trick is that there are five forbidden words you may not use! This is an easy, engaging, and fast paced game! Think Taboo! Come join the fun! 

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Social%20Lyra/66/224/1717

Mar
19
Fri
2021
Let’s talk! Coffee and a Chat @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Mar 19 @ 07:00 AM – 07:45 AM

Grab a passing rocket and start your day at the Social Spaceport. The coffee is on — Let’s review the first day of the conference. What surprised you? What have you learned? How will you apply this in your practice? See you there!

Location: VWBPE Social Spaceport

Keynote: Heike Philp @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 19 @ 08:00 AM – 08:50 AM

Speaker: Heike Philp (RL) Gwen Gwasi (SL)

Introduction: Lorraine Mockford (RL) LoriVonne Lustre (SL)

Details to come.

Accessibility: Voice to text transcription

Auditorium – Area 52  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Lacerta/238/247/1394

Auditorium – Norgannon  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Monoceros/13/240/1397

Auditorium – Skywall  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Cetus/244/6/1395

 

NPC: Social Good Support for a Changing World @ VWBPE Quadrivium
Mar 19 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM

Speakers: Lyr Lobo; Zinnia Zauber; Rhiannon Chatnoir; Buffy Bye; Valibrarian Gregg

Compass Point Roundtable: Join us as our nonprofit leaders launch the discussion with our mentoring and social good tips for staying strong during chaotic times. Come and share how virtual worlds strengthened you and your educational activities during our dramatic world changes.

  • Identify how social good in virtual worlds helps them mentor and strengthen their community.

Accessibility: mixed Speakeasy HUD, transcription, and written transcript.

Virtual Worlds, a place for English learners and teachers @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 19 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM

Speakers: Sara Irish Hernandez Ham (RL) sarairish (SL); Christian Jonathan Angel Rueda (RL) ecoonis (SL), Autonomous University of Querataro

The present work is the result of an investigation on innovation in the teaching learning process of English language at the IT School in the Autonomous University of Querataro, Mexico. An exploration was carried out following the observational study method, the teacher applied a didactic activity to a group of students, The results are: greater motivation in the student, practice of the language in a relaxed and free way through an avatar, the teacher is a guide, students builds their knowledge.

  • Participants will be able to observe a methodology for English language learners and teachers

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Lecture A  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Vulpecula/203/188/1467

Dystopia Rising: Learning portal to the metaverse @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 19 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Speakers: Kavon Zenovka (SL) & Abacus Capalini (SL); ISTE Games and Sims Network

While virtual worlds might be emerging pedagogy for many, as veterans we have a dystopic opportunity to show other educators how deeper learning can take place in immersive environments. Come join us for a discussion on how to showcase your worlds and once again open the portal to the creative, educational, technical, and experiential metaverse.

  • Participants will be able to convey meaningful arguments of deeper learning in virtual worlds

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Lecture B   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Aquila/165/211/1419

Transmedia Storytelling for English Language Teaching in virtual worlds: Mission Accomplished @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 19 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Speaker: ErlinaAzure (SL) Helena Galani (RL)

As learning environments are being redefined in order to meet learner needs, the Principles of Transmedia storytelling make an impact on the classroom setting because of how technologically advanced learners are today. Virtual World affordances, Mobile devices, Social Media platforms, Digital Media, Augmented Reality and learning management systems (LMS) are the new equipment of an educator. Join this presentation to find out how Mythos, Topos and Ethos are best implemented in a Virtual World to enhance the language teaching process.

  • Raising awareness of the usefulness of Transmedia in the contemporary ELT class in multi-user VWs

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Lecture A   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Vulpecula/203/188/1467

Live Music @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Mar 19 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join us at the Social Spaceport to hear the talented, live musician, Suzen Juel Resistance. Suzen was one of the first female musicians in the beginning of SL performances. She brings years of talent, experiences and emotions that embed themselves deep into her songs. You are bound to hear something you enjoy in her repertoire of Blues, Americana, and Folk songs.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Social%20Lyra/96/177/1644

WORKSHOP :: The Varieties of Symbolic Modeling: Positive Applications and Challenges @ VWBPE Workshop Area A
Mar 19 @ 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM

Presenters: Valibrarian Gregg, Community Virtual Library; Marly Milena; Catseye Tennen; Francisco Koolhoven

Symbolic Modeling is a powerful process for building 3D models on a variety of subjects for many purposes. This session features an introduction to SymMod and its many uses for exploring any subject areas in education, its value as a tool for creative expression and/or for personal growth and insight.

  • Have the opportunity to explore numerous uses for symbolic modeling through demonstrations.
  • Both theory (Gestalt psychology) and practice (examples) share cross-discipline use of symmod in 3D.

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

A competency oriented framework for AI education in virtual worlds @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 19 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Speakers: Andrew Stricker (RL) Spinoza Quinnell (SL), Air University; Cynthia Calongne (RL) Lyr Lobo (SL)

A competency oriented framework for AI education, newly offered (Dec 2020) by the U.S. DoD, is highlighted for addressing learning needs among categories of roles for usage in virtual worlds. Roles include: lead, drive, create, embed, facilitate, and employ. The framework outlines curriculum building blocks (e.g., foundational concepts, applications, data management and visualizations, responsible AI, infrastructure and coding, data sciences) for addressing competencies by role and skill levels.

  • Recognize potential applications of a newly offered AI education framework.
  • Value competencies offered by the framework for helping to develop learning outcomes.

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Lecture B   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Aquila/165/211/1419

 

Moonwalk @ VWBPE Koray
Mar 19 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

SL is all about doing what you can’t do IRL (in real life), like: putting on a pair of anti-gravity shoes and exploring one of the moons of Lyra Prime. This is going to be fun and easy, even for beginner spacewalkers. So wear something comfortable for walking upside down and come join the fun!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Social%20Lyra/59/109/1291

Enabling labs and simulations across virtual platforms @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 19 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Speakers: newreality explorer (SL); atavarel (SL)

For educators in Engineering and Sciences, instruction is highly dependent on the ability to have common experiences around laboratory tables. Accurate simulation and the study on how to computationally mimic these phenomena is itself integral to higher level education. Our goal is to bridge the gap between virtual labs and simulations. We implemented a highly efficient Rust based server that connects simulations with clients in virtual reality, web browsers, and potentially even virtual worlds.

  • Show ERT Concierge as a centerpiece in a multi-platform collaborative academic scientific ecosystem.

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Lecture A  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Vulpecula/203/188/1467

Quadrivium 2 :: Ethical educational issues in the time of pandemic @ VWBPE Quadrivium
Mar 19 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Facilitator: Spiff Whitfield (SL) Andrew Wheelock (RL)

Assistant: Elektra Panthar (SL) Elisa Segoni (RL)

What are the ethical issues that have come to the fore in this time of increased distance learning (online, blended, virtual environments)? How do we address these? Meet us at the Quadrivium to explore these ideas and more. 

Accessibility: Voice to text transcription

Quadrivium South   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Hydra/101/248/1451

14 Reasons Why Virtual Worlds are still better than Social VR Worlds @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 19 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM

Speaker: Amvans lapis, HP Inc. & San Jose State University

A year ago, VCARA started the VR Exploder’s Club wherein educators meet up once a month to determine whether and/or which Social VR Worlds we should establish a presence thereon after exploring different platforms together. Whether we used VR headsets or desktop versions of these platforms, we looked at criteria such as learning curve, real-time communication, interaction capabilities, and more. I will describe specific issues that have been resolved in VWs that still need attention in VR.

  • Understanding of how we can leverage our expertise to bridge the gap between VWs and VR platforms.

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Lecture B   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Aquila/165/211/1419

Nurturing social responsibility with the SORBET Project @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 19 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM

Speaker: Veritas Raymaker (SL), National Institute of Education, Singapore

In the Socially Responsible Behavior through Embodied Thinking (SORBET)) Project, students engage with two complementary halves: an in-world activity within OpenSim, and a subsequent (face-to-face or home-based learning) dialogic session, during which consequences of choices during the in-world activity are discussed. During 2020, the activity was carried out in several schools in Singapore. Results from these enactions will be shared. International collaborations are welcome.

  • To help attendees learn about the project with a view to possible enaction in their own contexts.

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Lecture A   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Vulpecula/203/188/1467

West Side Story Pre-show @ VWBPE NYC 1950s
Mar 19 @ 05:30 PM – 06:00 PM

Most SLer’s love to dress up!  Put on your favorite, retro 50’s outfit and join us at the venue. Guys may want to wear dungarees, button down shirts and high tops. Gals your favorite summer dance dress with heels would be  fashionable. Make yourself low lag by removing scripts and huds. You will have a chance to take photos with friends and mingle with other guests before the show begins. Come early to get some ice cold drinks and snacks, then sit back and enjoy the show!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Social%20Lyra/132/128/3506

West Side Story Performance @ VWBPE NYC 1950s
Mar 19 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

WEST SIDE STORY a musical tribute concert performed by LIGHTNING Productions. The story is set in the Upper West Side of New York City in the mid 1950s. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. This interactive concert brings you into the streets of New York City where you’ll see the action and hear the music including America, Maria and Tonight.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Social%20Lyra/132/128/3506

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Let’s talk! Coffee and a Chat @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Mar 20 @ 07:00 AM – 07:45 AM

Grab a passing rocket and start your day at the Social Spaceport. The coffee is on — Let’s review the first couple of days of the conference. What surprised you? What have you learned? How will you apply this in your practice? See you there!

Location: VWBPE Social Spaceport

Innovative tools to promote, track, and engage @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 20 @ 08:00 AM – 08:45 AM

Speakers: Lissena (Wisdomseeker), Ageless Mind Project, Inc.; Thuja Hynes; Fran Koolhoven

The Whole Brain Health (WBH) team employs a sophisticated set of tools (our Meta-Brain) to promote events, draw public participation, track and analyze participant data, and to directly engage participants. We maintain a thorough public internet presence. In SL we use the latest free techniques for automated notices. On-sim tools include a unique visitor counter and a critical security system. We provide dozens of methods to navigate and explore, and hundreds of opportunities for interaction and feedback.

  • Participants will learn about innovative tools for visitor attraction, tracking and engagement
  • Participants can share their own needs and ideas about using and improving the tools presented

Lecture B  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Aquila/165/211/1419

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

KEYNOTE :: Bryan Alexander @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 20 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM

Speaker: Dr. Bryan Alexander (Bryan Zelmanov SL)

Introduction:

Details to come

Accessibility: Voice to text transcription

Auditorium – Area 52  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Lacerta/238/247/1394

Auditorium – Norgannon  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Monoceros/13/240/1397

Auditorium – Skywall  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Cetus/244/6/1395

Parallax learning and creative contingency plans @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 20 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Speaker: Zinnia Zauber (SL)

Don’t Panic! “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams is a launch manual preparing multimedia students to approach, brainstorm, and problem solve from various points of view and audience perspectives. Parallax learning encourages a strategic empathic approach and formulated, growth mindset. Aiming for an apparent position or solution, students use multi-dimensional virtual scenarios to devise creative contingency plans appearing to be precognition. Do you know where your towel is?

  • Participants will be able to devise practical and fantastical towel lessons absorbing imagination.
  • Participants will be able to approach crisis circumstances as non-static, growth mindset lessons.

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Lecture A  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Vulpecula/203/188/1467

Virtual outworlding reconnaissance (Acertaining a PLC) @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 20 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Speakers: Valibrarian Gregg (SL) & Elli Pinion (SL)

The session shares numerous sources and projects for building a virtual world professional learning community (PLC). From web-based virtual worlds, desktop virtual worlds and VR headsets, teachers and learners can identify the best tool for a specific learning experience.

  • View numerous sources for building a professional learning community through virtual environments.
  • Identify best uses of web-based virtual worlds, desktop virtual worlds and VR headsets in a PLC.

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Lecture B   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Aquila/165/211/1419

EYE am EVERYWHERE: The Boys & Girls Club community reinterpret the Lizard of ARS/ART @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 20 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Speaker: Mary Stokrocki (RL) Marylou Goldrosen (SL), Arizona State University

I invited middle school kids from our local Boys and Girls Club to reinterpret Wizard of OZ on the Opensimulator with me. I adapted what Baum (1900) said, “I am everywhere, but to the eyes of common mortals, I am invisible” (p. 132). Trying to get kids to sit, let alone talk, can be difficult. I offer some creative and fun ways of getting them to respond visually and verbally and consider the desert context as the motivation. Surprising results spin as the instructor learns with students.

  • Participants will learn to create/build masks, play, and installation.
  • Encourage Critical Thinking Approach uncovers the privileged boundaries of art, social behavior, etc.

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Lecture A   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Vulpecula/203/188/1467

Prim Quiz @ VWBPE Ainar
Mar 20 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Builders and Guessers Welcome! Prim Quiz is the SL version of pictionary, but rather than drawing a sketch of something, you have to build it with prims! A willing builder will be given the name of something to build. If you are a new builder you can still take part as you can guess and then pass the building part onto someone else! Come have some fun with us!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Social%20Lyra/97/59/1003

Catching up with the Thinkerers: Spiff Whitfield @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 20 @ 02:00 PM – 02:50 PM

Join us as Mal Burns catches up with the 2016 Thinkerer Award recipient Spiff Whitfield – or as known in the physical world, Andrew Wheelock.

Accessibility: Voice to text transcription

Auditorium – Area 52  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Lacerta/238/247/1394

Auditorium – Norgannon  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Monoceros/13/240/1397

Auditorium – Skywall  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Cetus/244/6/1395

Designing for multiplayer publics @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 20 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Speakers: live-ish (SL), Art Center College of Design; newreality explorer (SL)

Designing for Multiplayer Publics presents the outcome of an Art Center College of Design studio hosted within Caltech’s Second Life campus, Virtech. As faculty leading the multidisciplinary studio, we will share how the course used a multiplayer platform to research and build new digital specific learning spaces, and revealed an emergent creative pedagogy and practice of designing for the virtual public.

  • use multiplayer platforms to build digital specific learning spaces.
  • teach principles and methods when designing for the multiplayer contexts and communities.

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Lecture B   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Aquila/165/211/1419

Quadrivium 3 :: Reconnaissance with Linden Lab @ VWBPE Quadrivium
Mar 20 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Facilitator: Elli Pinion (SL) Becky Adams (RL)

Assistant: LoriVonne Lustre (SL) Lorraine Mockford (RL)

We continue the Reconnaissance of virtual world education and community. Special Session THREE is a Quadrivium format with guests from Linden Lab:

  • Brett Linden, VP of Marketing 
  • Grumpity Linden, VP of Product

Accessibility: Voice to text transcription

Quadrivium South    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Hydra/101/248/1451

Time Travel: Virtual Singapore 1825 @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 20 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM

Speakers: Chris Mooney-Singh (RL) Singh Albatros (SL), Word Forward; Kaylee West (SL)

This film screening and craft talk presents the challenges of recreating colonial Singapore as a virtual set for a six-minute blended reality film “Looking for Mr Gelam”. Two fictional characters walk down real-life Beach Road and glimpse through VR goggles early Malay architecture, sailing ships, and period clothing worn two hundred years ago. As well as cost-effective set design using animated NPCs, the talk also discusses the Kitely world as a destination for educational learning journeys.

  • Participants will learn more about blended reality filmmaking.
  • Participants will learn about Asian story building and its applications in education.

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD tool

Lecture A    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Vulpecula/203/188/1467

 

Virtual Harmony during Turbulent Times @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 20 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM

Speakers: Lyr Lobo (SL) and Spinoza Quinnell (SL)

Amid a world in crisis, discover what we did to strengthen and heal our community of friends, educators, researchers, and scholars. Our adventures spanned 12 opensource virtual world grids to community outreach featuring the diminutive Miss Mollie Maewest. We will reflect on how our tactics relate to the concepts of Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft as we share how to grow stronger from adversity.

  • Examine how social relationships among educators strengthen a community during a global crisis.

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Lecture B   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Aquila/165/211/1419

Live Music @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 20 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Relax with us at the Main Auditorium before the Closing Ceremony and enjoy the music of Tammasity!   Keeba Tammas and her band of tinies will entertain you with music and antics. Keeba provides a fun and light hearted show featuring an expansive song list that includes jazz, pop, and rock. Her love of music and performing are obvious during her gigs, creating a lively atmosphere. This is a show you will not want to miss!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Lacerta/238/247/1392

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Monoceros/14/239/1396

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Cetus/243/6/1393

Closing Ceremony @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 20 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Join us as we reflect upon the highlights of the conference, with closing remarks from Phelan Corrimal and other VWBPE Committee Chairs. This event is hosted by the one and only Pooky Amsterdam, CEO of Pooky Media. The 2021 Thinkerer Award Recipient will be named during this ceremony. Come celebrate your experiences with your colleagues from this amazing conference. 

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Lacerta/238/247/1392

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Monoceros/14/239/1396

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Cetus/243/6/1393

 

Dance The Night Away Party @ VWBPE Elara
Mar 20 @ 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Immediately following the Closing Ceremony,  join us on a secret planet for a “Dance The Night Away” party! There is no better way to end the 2021 VWBPE conference than to dance, chat, and enjoy good company while DJ Night keeps the party hopping with great tunes! This is your chance to share your favorite moments from VWBPE 2021 and hang out with your old and new friends. Come as you are or wear something futuristic for this galactic party.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Social%20Lyra/203/34/1767