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

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

Overcoming technical limits of LSL (SL and OpenSim) @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 26 @ 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Speaker: James Stibbards  / JB Hancroft

This is an advanced technical session, for those who would like to have *large* and *complex* projects in SL or OpenSim, but are concerned about the inherent limits of the programming platform and language (LSL). It is not an introduction to coding. It will include an introduction to terminology.

  • Participants will be able to design projects which extend beyond the scripting memory model of SL.
  • Participants will be able to design projects which extend beyond SL, to include web server computing

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Mar
28
Sat
2020
Soul of A Charioteer in Virtual Orbit Around Mars @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 28 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Speakers: Andrew Stricker / Spinoza Quinnell, Air University; Cynthia Calongne / Lyr Lobo; Barbara Truman / Delightful Doowangle

Like Socrates’ image of the soul as the charioteer, who must hold the reigns of the spirited horses closely so as to control them, so it holds if a person believes they have a role in their fate and can influence important events in their life, and believe their dispositions and intelligence are open to growth, then they are more likely to engage in shaping their own development and future. This presentation describes research in using immersive 3D environments to improve professional efficacy.

  • Share research on use of the immersive 3D environment for professional ethics development.
  • Demonstrate application of interactive 3D forced-choice ethical dilemmas.

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

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

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