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
Keynote :: Are you future ready? Steps to build your stairway to the future @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 26 @ 09:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Keynote :: Are you future ready? Steps to build your stairway to the future @ VWBPE Auditorium

Speaker: Dr. L.Robert Furman / Zadist Diavolo

Dr. L. Robert Furman is an educator, leader, scholar, speaker and author; but most notably, Dr. Rob is a true champion for education in the 21st century. Beyond speaking at venues across the country, Dr. Rob is also a contributing Educational blogger for The Huffington Post as well as Ed Tech Review. He has received numerous prestigious awards, such as being named in the National School Board Association’s 20 To Watch in technology education and an ISTE Best Selling Author.

Introduction: Beth O’Connell / Beth Ghostraven

Accessibility: Voice to text transcription

Mar
27
Fri
2020
A Nonprofit Commons Salute to the Stars @ VWBPE Quadrivium
Mar 27 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM
A Nonprofit Commons Salute to the Stars @ VWBPE Quadrivium

Speakers: Cynthia Calongne / Lyr Lobo; Joyce Bettencourt / Rhiannon Chatnoir; Renne Emiko Brock / Zinnia Zauber; Buffy Beale / Buffy Bye; Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg

Join our constellation of stars as we explore the future of education and social good in virtual worlds. For 11 years, the NPC hosts educational workshops, tours, parties, mentor support, and events on Friday mornings in Second Life. Be a star! Everyone is welcome! Four questions will be addressed during this Roundtable Discussion.

  • Analyze how to strengthen our community through empowerment.

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Quadrivium 2. Stellar Language Learning Practices @ VWBPE Quadrivium
Mar 27 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Quadrivium 2. Stellar Language Learning Practices @ VWBPE Quadrivium

Facilitator: Deanya Zenfold (SL)/Deanya Schempp (RL)
Assistant:
Elektra Panthar (SL)/Elisa Segoni (RL)

Virtual worlds have been used extensively as language learning labs and classrooms for more than a decade. What are the particular affordances that continue to make virtual environments like this conducive to language learning practices? What does the future hold? We want to hear what you think!

Accessibility: Voice to text transcription

Workshop: Avatars on the Edges of Space: An Immersion Model @ VWBPE Workshop Area B
Mar 27 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Workshop: Avatars on the Edges of Space: An Immersion Model @ VWBPE Workshop Area B

Speaker: Leticia Deleon / Letty Luckstone, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

While virtual environments have been explored, discovered, and conquered, true immersion for learning continues to be elusive. This workshop will engage participants in an immersive model that borrows from experiential learning through the marriage of avatar, environment, and actions. Not only will participants engage in an immersive, interactive experience by using multimodal tools, but also create a plan for using the model with their own learners.

  • The participant will immerse their avatar in a learning experience using multimodal tools.
  • The participant will design their own plan for engaging their learners in true immersive learning.

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD

Survey Says! Developing Criteria for VR Courses @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 27 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM
Survey Says! Developing Criteria for VR Courses @ VWBPE Lecture Area B

Speakers: Alyse Dunavant-Jones / AlyseDunavantJones; Pat Franks / Preceptor Amat; Marie Vans / Amvans Lapis                                                         San Jose State University, School of Information

In Fall 2019, San Jose State University’s Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration developed a survey to determine criteria for courses based in both desktop and headset Virtual Reality. 56 VR and virtual world educators responded, and the survey resulted in 29 criteria. In this presentation, VCARA members address key factors that affected the survey, how the results compared to expectations, and how research and experience in virtual worlds contributed to the survey’s success.

  • Participants will be able to describe VCARA’s survey methodology and identify VR course criteria.
  • Participants will be able to compare educators’ needs in headset/desktop VR vs. 3D virtual worlds.

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD

Mar
28
Sat
2020
Workshop: Symbolic Modeling: A Great Teaching Tool @ VWBPE Workshop Area A
Mar 28 @ 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Workshop: Symbolic Modeling: A Great Teaching Tool @ VWBPE Workshop Area A

Speakers: Niela Miller / Marly Milena; Janie Teague-Urbach / Katsii Tennen.

We offer a glimpse into a unique training for educators, counselors, artists, coaches and facilitators who wish to discover a way of using arts-based processes (builds, paintings or photos) symbolically in SL. We call this Symbolic Modeling (SymMod). This useful tool can be applied to intellectual, psychological, spiritual or creative processes, both with individuals and with groups. We will be showing a short film, as well as describing and demonstrating the SymMod method.

  • Participants will be able to witness the SymMod process and its usefulness in various fields.
  • Participants will be able to understand the benefits of training in the SymMod method.

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD & transcriptionist

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