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
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
Keynote: Virtual Worlds and Social Justice: An Impact and Civic Engagement Agenda @ VWBPE Auditorium

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?

Accessibility: Voice to text transcription

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

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

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