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

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

Can SL improve access to STEM education and collaboration for autistic students? Exploring potential for a STEM Outreach Firm @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 26 @ 01:00 PM – 01:50 PM
Can SL improve access to STEM education and collaboration for autistic students? Exploring potential for a STEM Outreach Firm @ VWBPE Lecture Area A

Speaker: Laura Gilmour / Zeppelin123. University of Alberta. Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Psychology, M.Ed. Special Education, B.A. Psychology, Autistic Self-Advocate.

Stairway to STEM, a National Science Foundation-funded organization helps autistic succeed in post-secondary education. Resources created are geared towards families, autistic students, educators and policymakers. In some cases, online spaces allow autistic people to engage in experiences that would otherwise be out of reach for them. Improving the accessibility of post-secondary education through technology helps autistic people to “reach for the stars” and may lead to gainful employment.

  • Define the role of Stairway to STEM in helping autistic students succeed
  • Describe the potential for SL to improve outreach and accessibility of STEM education

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Mar
27
Fri
2020
Red Carpet and Pre-show Experience @ Royal Opera Garnier
Mar 27 @ 05:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Red Carpet and Pre-show Experience @ Royal Opera Garnier

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 - The Forest Queen @ Royal Opera Garnier

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

Apr
6
Mon
2020
Embrace the Suck: Classic World of Warcraft @ World of Warcraft Classic
Apr 6 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Embrace the Suck: Classic World of Warcraft @ World of Warcraft Classic

Hosts: Abacus Capalini; Kavon Zenovka

The retro release of World of Warcraft (WoW) last year resulted in the largest quarterly increase of subscriptions ever for the game. By all accounts, WoW classic is hard, time consuming and labor intensive. So why is it so popular? We’ll do a tour starting at the entry area and playing for an hour showing the hard fun and difficulties that is part of WoW classic. We’ll discuss the design and mechanics during this immersive experience that you can use in creating your own educational experiences

  • Identify elements of hard fun, flow, and fiero in difficult games and virtual worlds play.

Accessibility:  Discord VOIP & In game Text

Access: Participants will require an active paid subscription to WoW (see Technology Requirement details below), then they will need to download World of Warcraft Classic (See https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/wowclassic) and create a character on the Bloodsail Buccaneers Realm on the US East Server. For this immersive experience, we will be gathering in the troll and orc starting area in Durotar.

Technology Requirements: Participants will need the following technologies: World of Warcraft (requires paid subscription) and Discord (free VOIP software). To access World of Warcraft Classic, participants will need to have an active subscription for World of Warcraft (WoW) https://worldofwarcraft.com. The system requirements for WoW can be found at https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/243159

To access Discord, participants will need to go to https://discordapp.com/ and have the choice to either access the discord through their browser or download to their desktop. This event will use the Discord channel at https://discord.gg/a6f6Jvt