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

Keynote :: Are you future ready? Steps to build your stairway to the future @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 26 @ 09:30 AM – 10:20 AM

Speaker: Dr. L.Robert Furman / Zadist Diavolo

Dr. L. Robert Furman is an educator, leader, scholar, speaker and author; but most notably, Dr. Rob is a true champion for education in the 21st century. Beyond speaking at venues across the country, Dr. Rob is also a contributing Educational blogger for The Huffington Post as well as Ed Tech Review. He has received numerous prestigious awards, such as being named in the National School Board Association’s 20 To Watch in technology education and an ISTE Best Selling Author.

Introduction: Beth O’Connell / Beth Ghostraven

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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

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
Keynote: Virtual Worlds and Social Justice: An Impact and Civic Engagement Agenda @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 27 @ 08:00 AM – 08:50 AM

Speaker: Dr. Michael Thomas / Haruki Dean

Introduction: Heike Philp / Gwen Gwasi

Michael Thomas is a Professor of Education with a focus on digital learning, social justice, social mobility and the student experience. I’m a Principal Fellow of the HEA and hold two PhDs, one from the Newcastle University and a second from Lancaster University. He has studied for an MBA in Educational Management at the University of Leicester, M.Ed at Manchester University, an MA at Newcastle University and change leadership at Cornell University. He has worked at eight universities in Germany, Japan and the UK, from ancient, to Russell Group to modern, and led large, multinational research groups and project teams.

Abstract: Many in the field of digital education have been discussing the potential of learning technologies with increasing regularity over the last three decades. Regardless of much of the hyperbole and industry-led tech-evangelism, it has made few inroads into main stream curricula and assessment practices, and the history of educational technology tells a story of ‘overhype and underuse’, a constantly changing landscape of the latest tech gadgets which have changed (or even disappeared) by the time the research study has been concluded.

Anyone suggesting at any point this time last year that every school and university would, within a matter of a couple of weeks, take their entire course portfolio online would not have been believed – even taking one f2f course online would have been met in some contexts with massive resistance from teachers, learners and parents. The current public health crisis has indeed brought about a rapid ‘revolution’ that many commentators have been evangelising about for some time. In many cases however it has resulted in a form of ‘remote teaching’, not online pedagogy. Indeed, a key question for all of us in education once this crisis is ‘over’, will be what the legacy of this ‘exodus to online education’ is for the future of educational provision within an increasingly neoliberal international marketplace?

In relation to virtual worlds, while Castronova talked of an ‘exodus’ to the virtual world’ over a decade ago, they have remained a ‘very special interest’ rather a mainstream phenomenon. Does this moment of ‘online education’ revive interest in their potential to ‘enhance’ learning and ‘transform’ teaching for all concerned, all of the time? Or does this ‘event’ of the Corona virus represent a ‘Ctrl+Alt+Delete moment’ in which we must all reflect in education on our ‘globalised’ practice and research and consider alternatives based not only on the discourse of endless digital innovation and enhancement, but on an agenda and approach to education based on social justice, sustainability and civic engagement? While everyone is ‘doing education’ online with platforms such as Zoom and Skype, what does the research on virtual worlds tell us about the most suitable pedagogical approaches to align with a sustainability agenda?

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Workshop: Avatars on the Edges of Space: An Immersion Model @ VWBPE Workshop Area B
Mar 27 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Speaker: Leticia Deleon / Letty Luckstone, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

While virtual environments have been explored, discovered, and conquered, true immersion for learning continues to be elusive. This workshop will engage participants in an immersive model that borrows from experiential learning through the marriage of avatar, environment, and actions. Not only will participants engage in an immersive, interactive experience by using multimodal tools, but also create a plan for using the model with their own learners.

  • The participant will immerse their avatar in a learning experience using multimodal tools.
  • The participant will design their own plan for engaging their learners in true immersive learning.

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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

Keynote: Lessons Learned from the 2020 Educators in VR Conference @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 28 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Speakers: Lorelle VanFossen / Lorellev, co-founder of Educators in VR
Introduction: Lorraine Mockford / LoriVonne Lustre

Lorelle VanFossen is the co-founder of Educators in VR, and producer of the world’s largest immersive virtual conference, the 2020 Educators in VR International Summit, held in February. She is an educator, keynote speaker, trainer, writer, and consultant on virtual reality in education, web writing, digital storytelling, content curation, social media, and blogging. Called a digital evangelist, she’s taught over 1000 workshops and classes in virtual reality and has published over 3,000 articles on digital storytelling, social media, and web publishing as a thought-leader in the industry.

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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

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