VWBPE Program

All sessions of the VWBPE 2020 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (Pacific Time).
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Note: Daylight Saving Time

In most of the United States and Canada, Daylight Saving Time is in effect as of 8 March 2020. 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
26
Thu
2020
Kick Off and Ribbon Cutting @ VWBPE Gateway
Mar 26 @ 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM

Join us at the Gateway for the Kick Off Event of VWBPE 2020. 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 Executive and Organization Committees will share a few of the upcoming highlights. Executive Director, Phelan Corrimal, will officially start the conference with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. You will also have time to explore and enjoy the newly built regions and exhibits.  Be sure to find the retro rocket and pick up your swag bag! 

Location: VWBPE 2020 Gateway

Design for Difficulties and Disorienting Dilemmas @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 26 @ 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Speakers: Kae Novak / Kavon Zenovka and Chris Luchs / Abacus Capalini

The first phase of transformative learning (Mezirow, 1991) is a disorienting dilemma, yet when designing for education we often default to user design (ux) principles that focus consistency and ease of use. If we are to engage new frontiers and reach for the stars in our virtual world and game design, we as educators need to experiment with hard fun (Papert, 2002), disorienting dilemmas (Mezirow, 1991), and desirable difficulties (Bjork, 2011).

  • Participants will be able to experiment with dilemmas when designing learning experiences.

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Out of this World Parade @ VWBPE Parade Start
Mar 26 @ 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

The VWBPE Annual Parade is a great way to start our social events! Meet us at the starting area and travel by rocket for a tour of the social sim!  You will enjoy the sights and sounds as we make our way to the social spaceport. Be sure to wear your special parade helmet that is in your swag bag for this fun event!

Location: Parade Start

Music and Dancing @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Mar 26 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

Our parade will end at the Social Building and Spaceport for a Stellar 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! 

Location: Social Spaceport

CANCELLED :: Freedom and Intrinsic Motivation @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Speakers: Hsiao-Cheng (Sandrine) Han / Kristy Handrick; Liang Hung

This research used participatory observational case study. Students from Taiwan used a 3D virtual world in their art class to create their artwork. The art teacher taught a lesson called School reconstruction. We observed students how they form their ideal schools, where their ideas coming from, how they discuss and collaborate with each other, as well as how they put their ideas into action, make it into 3D virtual construction, and finally how they see and understand each other’s work.

  • Participants will explore the importance of freedom in education and how virtual worlds provide it to students
  • Participants will learn how virtual world promote Intrinsic Motivation to students that teachers should learn to utilize it

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD

Interstellar: Learning in Space @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Speakers: Cynthia Colongne / Lyr Lobo; Andrew Stricker / Spinoza Quinnell; Barbara Truman / Delightful Doowangle

All aboard as Virtual Harmony travels to the stars. We design and test game simulations for exploration in virtual worlds. Our space travel takes us from the salon meetings in Loire to Mars where a secret path leads to the Interstellar grid. The Red Queen is our enigmatic guide as we face complicated and complex challenges in space.

  • Illustrate how a game simulation design blends ML, AI & data analytics to support learner behavior.

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Smashing Space Saucers @ VWBPE Social Smashing Saucers
Mar 26 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Remember the bumper boats of your childhood? We have taken this to the next level with our “Out of this World” Space Saucers! We will play as teams to push the satellite to our opponents’ goal. Yep, there will be lots of space collisions so wear your protective gear! Just kidding, come have fun with us. If you don’t want to drive, you can be a spectator!

Location: Smashing Saucers

Mar
27
Fri
2020
Scholars VR: Engaging New Audiences with the Scholarly @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 27 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Speaker: Patrick Pennefather / Vesuviusblowhorn. University of British Columbia

This conceptual case study lays the groundwork for a Virtual Reality (VR) research creation undergoing co-construction; shared to champion the continual experimentation with and investigations of scholarship through interactive media.

  • Participants will be able to resonate in the investigation of scholarship through interactive media

Accessibility: Share a written script during the presentation

Immersive Language Learning in Virtual Worlds @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 27 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Speakers: Heike Philp / Gwen Gwasi; Jennifer Hamilton / Jaz Beverly; Annalisa di Pierro / Innesfree;  and Helena Galani /erlinaazure

To learn a language live online is the best and sometimes cheapest way of practicing it in real-time with other people. Virtual worlds and video games offer opportunities to meet speakers of other languages and native speakers alike but there are many 3D spaces out there and sometimes it is difficult to decide which one to join. Which virtual world is suitable for language education? What kind of equipment or software does one need? How long does it take to get to know this world before it can be introduced to language learners? Is this virtual space safe? With these questions in mind, a group of language educators spent 5 weeks exploring 13 different 3D environments, created an evaluation rubric and listened to some of the long-time users of these environments for the pros and cons.

  • To present the findings of a 5-week online workshop exploring various virtual worlds.
  • To consider some of the lessons learned by the providers of these environments. For example, how one can combine Artificial Intelligence with NPC in OpenSim to create chatbots.

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD

Only what we do is real. Let us do VR @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 27 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Speakers: Reiner Schneeberger / Art Blue; JulietteSurrealDreaming

This presentation will explore a way to bring art creations made in the virtual world of Second Life into HMDs mainly for educational projects so to create awareness for immersive art experiences in Virtual Reality. Aspects of art conservation are also addressed. Intended mainly for art teachers and students, we also welcome anyone interested in art and technology.

  • Awareness for immersive art reception via VR (understanding).
  • Making VR possible for art teachers using of SL (doing).

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD

Live Music by Camme Carver @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Mar 27 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Join us at the Social Building to listen and dance to the live guitarist and singer Camme Carver. Camme, also known as CC, is a genuine entertainer with a broad range of songs from today’s hits to golden oldies.  You are sure to enjoy this popular performer while dancing and relaxing.

Location: Social Spaceport

STELLA, An Art Installation @ VWBPE Stella Installation
Mar 27 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Betty Tureaud, a Danish artist in RL, is a builder who optimizes the use of light and space in SL.  You won’t want to miss STELLA, her amazing and beautiful installation at VWBPE 2020. Your journey will begin in a pink rocketship. Enjoy this exhibit in daylight settings! 

Location: Rocket to Art Installation

Red Carpet and Pre-show Experience @ Royal Opera Garnier
Mar 27 @ 05:30 PM – 06:00 PM

Most SLer’s love to dress up!  Put on your favorite, fancy outfit and join us on the red carpet. 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 immersive performance by DeJa Vu – a ballet group. Come early to get some bubbly and a good seat,  then sit back and enjoy the show!

Location: Royal Opera Garnier

DeJa Vu – The Forest Queen @ Royal Opera Garnier
Mar 27 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

DeJa Vu has been an SL theatre & ballet group since 2014. Their ballet, “The Forest Queen”, will stimulate your imagination, accompanied by beautiful Celtic music. The direction, set design, and choreography are by Ina Carpaccio. You will enjoy this beautiful performance at the Royal Opera Garnier.

Location: Royal Opera Garnier

Mar
28
Sat
2020
Let’s talk! Coffee and a Chat @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Mar 28 @ 08:00 AM – 08:50 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

Workshop: Symbolic Modeling: A Great Teaching Tool @ VWBPE Workshop Area A
Mar 28 @ 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Speakers: Niela Miller / Marly Milena; Janie Teague-Urbach / Katsii Tennen.

We offer a glimpse into a unique training for educators, counselors, artists, coaches and facilitators who wish to discover a way of using arts-based processes (builds, paintings or photos) symbolically in SL. We call this Symbolic Modeling (SymMod). This useful tool can be applied to intellectual, psychological, spiritual or creative processes, both with individuals and with groups. We will be showing a short film, as well as describing and demonstrating the SymMod method.

  • Participants will be able to witness the SymMod process and its usefulness in various fields.
  • Participants will be able to understand the benefits of training in the SymMod method.

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD & transcriptionist

Boldly Go – Celebrate Success & Cataclysm Stories @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 28 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Speaker: Renne Emiko Brock / Zinnia Zauber. Peninsula College,

Confidence comes from educational attempts that fail with room to reflect and regroup to triumph. The constellations don’t move us. The stories behind the stars do. Teach the mythology and methodology of heroes and creatures to embrace worthy motives and mistakes. Assemble learning systems that build worlds and character, foster spheres of influence, and rejoice in honest reflective writing. Celebrate individual’s stories that highlight self-actualization results for all to become shining stars.

  • Teach transformative fable digital storytelling to turn frustration into creative opportunities.
  • Assemble a virtual myth makerspace to build confidence, celebrate challenges, and learn to shine.

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD

Second Life Squares @ VWBPE SL Squares
Mar 28 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Remember the famous TV show Hollywood Squares? Catboy Qunhua, a comedian and game creator, will be hosting the show, which will be a blast! Please “come on down” and be a contestant or occupy one of the squares and have fun making up answers to trivia you don’t know. We also need audience members if you don’t want to play, come and watch the fun.

Location: SL Squares

Virtual Reality in Education: Intentional Immersion @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 28 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Speakers: Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg, Community Virtual Library; Bethany Winslow / Bethany Winslow; Marie Vans / Amvans Lapis.

Virtual reality offers opportunities and challenges that impact education (both on head-mounted displays and desktops) for deep learning. Because educators cannot be trained to utilize all of the current virtual reality tools entering the market, professional networking is essential for identifying best practices. The gaming backchannel app DISCORD will be optionally used during this session for interactivity.

  • Participants will investigate the advantages and disadvantages of various VR spaces.
  • Participants will be given specific examples of critical thinking in VR spaces.

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD tool

Live Music Performance @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 28 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Relax with us at the Main Auditorium before the Closing Ceremony and enjoy the music of Samm Quendra.  Samm describes herself as just a simple, ordinary girl who loves to sing. She believes that everything that comes from the heart touches the heart. Samm enjoys impacting the listener’s life with her music. She connects her audience to the heartfelt messages in every song. Come and listen to this talented performer!

Location: Auditorium

Closing Ceremony @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 28 @ 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 2020 Thinkerer Award Recipient will be named during this ceremony. Come celebrate your experiences with your colleagues from this amazing conference. 

Location: Auditorium

Ziggy Stardust Tribute @ VWBPE Lightning Stage
Mar 28 @ 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Lightning Productions, led by Coz Okelly, has performed for the VWBPE closing performance for many years. This year they will host a tribute to David Bowie as “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.”  Jet up to the secret planet on the social sim for this fantastic concert. Join us for an out-of-this-world experience. 

Location: Lightning Stage

Dance The Night Away @ VWBPE Lightning Stage
Mar 28 @ 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Immediately following the David Bowie Tribute Show,  join us for a “Dance The Night Away” party! There is no better way to end the 2020 VWBPE conference than to dance, chat, and enjoy good company while DJ Coz keeps the party hopping with great tunes! This is your chance to share your favorite moments from VWBPE 2020 and hang out with your old and new friends. 

Location: Lightning Stage

Mar
30
Mon
2020
Interactive Walkthrough Ritual Experience @ Sacred Cauldron
Mar 30 @ 05:00 PM – 06:30 PM

Hosts: Stasia Weston/ Aevalle Galicia; Belladonna Laveau / Belladonna Yarrowroot; Phoenix Silverstar; Dee BlissWitch.  Wooston-Steen Theological Seminary

Sacred Caldron houses the virtual campus for Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary. WSTS is an environmentally conscious institution that works to reduce our carbon footprint by drastically reducing the amount of travel necessary to attend and teach at our seminary. We provide a visually rich online learning experience using the Second Life virtual reality platform. From the comfort of their homes, our students are able to connect and learn with other students from around the world in a graphically enticing interactive environment where their teachers give lectures, offer demonstrations, and answer questions in real time.

Our immersive experience will include a walk-through interactive ritual which is season-based. The experience has been designed and constructed by our Junior class as part of their studies.

  • Visitors will become immersed in the “story” or deep mythology related to a season/holiday.

Accessibility: We transcribe the spoken word during activities into text as the event occurs. For the interactive walkthrough, the elements give out notecards with directions as well as “speak” in local text.

Access: Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sacred%20Cauldron/178/180/66