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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Mar
26
Thu
2020
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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Educator’s Networking Forum @ VWBPE Quadrivium
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Meet the VWBPE Sponsors!

Moderator: Kevin Feenan / Phelan Corrimal; Rockcliffe University Consortium

Nine sponsors have come together to support this year’s Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference. This open forum is your opportunity to learn about their contributions to education and why they feel supporting open source virtual conferences, like this one, is so important.

Participants will be given the opportunity to express their opinions on how for-profit and non-profit businesses can better help support teachers and instructional developers.

Attendees will learn about the motivating factors behind some of the biggest names supporting education in Second Life

 

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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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Mar
28
Sat
2020
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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