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
20
Fri
2020
The Science Circle: Open Education Worldwide @ The Science Circle
Mar 20 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
The Science Circle: Open Education Worldwide @ The Science Circle

The Science Circle (SC) provides immersive experiences focused on science (astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology), math, art, and current events (example: wildfires). Areas on and above the island are accessible via a teleport system and multi-lingual, explanatory signage. Incl. a 30 minute Corona Q&A with our experts at 11 AM PDT. Past SC presentations are available via mini-theaters and links to https://sciencecircle.org. Two sessions are offered for this Immersive Experience.

  • Participants will be able to better understand the scientific concept through a 3D interaction.
  • Participants will be able to better appreciate global and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Hosts: Phil Youngblood / Vic Michalak, Michael Shaw / Shawza Tunwarm, Linda Morris Kelley / Delia Lake, Hajime Nishimura / Yan Lauria

Access: SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/68/127/32

A teleport map is available at the landing zone.

Accessibility: Scripts and notecards available on site

Mar
26
Thu
2020
CANCELLED :: Freedom and Intrinsic Motivation @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM
CANCELLED :: Freedom and Intrinsic Motivation @ VWBPE Lecture Area B

Speakers: Hsiao-Cheng (Sandrine) Han / Kristy Handrick; Liang Hung

This research used participatory observational case study. Students from Taiwan used a 3D virtual world in their art class to create their artwork. The art teacher taught a lesson called School reconstruction. We observed students how they form their ideal schools, where their ideas coming from, how they discuss and collaborate with each other, as well as how they put their ideas into action, make it into 3D virtual construction, and finally how they see and understand each other’s work.

  • Participants will explore the importance of freedom in education and how virtual worlds provide it to students
  • Participants will learn how virtual world promote Intrinsic Motivation to students that teachers should learn to utilize it

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD

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

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

 

Text chat and voice

Mar
27
Fri
2020
Join the Team: Ready to Launch? @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 27 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM
Join the Team: Ready to Launch? @ VWBPE Lecture Area A

Speakers: Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg, Wordsmith Jarvinen.  Community Virtual Library

Education in virtual worlds requires collaboration among colleagues and communities to overcome many obstacles including lack of administrative support, digital disruption leading to too many options, and a misunderstanding of immersive learning environments in relation to virtual reality. Learn how to best connect with learning communities and leaders to navigate the future of learning in virtual spaces.

  • Participants will be given examples of cross community networking by virtual world community leaders
  • Attendees will share ideas for deep learning rather than reinventing the wheel.

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD

Mar
28
Sat
2020
You Don’t Have To Go To Space for Effective PD! @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 28 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM
You Don't Have To Go To Space for Effective PD! @ VWBPE Lecture Area A

Speaker: Becky Adams / Elli Pinion, University of New Mexico

I will share findings of my research with a small group of K-12 teachers who participated in an online professional development initiative. Issues regarding the quality and effectiveness of professional development for K 12 teachers were addressed by the strengths of an online environment: choice, community building, and extended learning over time. Our efforts at UNM to support Online Instructors with PD, informed by this research, and how this can inform the use Virtual World approaches.

  • To introduce a researched based model for effectively using online tools to support PD.
  • To connect these findings to challenges they have in supporting PD in their field while building COP

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD