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
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

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
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

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