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
Quadrivium 1: The digital divide of immersive technology (AR, VR, XR) @ VWBPE Quadrivium
Mar 26 @ 01:00 PM – 01:50 PM
Quadrivium 1: The digital divide of immersive technology (AR, VR, XR) @ VWBPE Quadrivium

Facilitator: Andrew Wheelock / Spiff Whitfield ; Assistant: Marie Vans / amvans Lapis

The digital divide has been a concern for years. This has generally been understood as the gulf between those who have access to technology like computers and the internet. Has the proliferation of immersive technologies increased this gulf? What are the solutions? Bring your ideas to the first Quadrivium of the conference as we explore this important topic.

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Mar
27
Fri
2020
Immersive Language Learning in Virtual Worlds @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 27 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Immersive Language Learning in Virtual Worlds @ VWBPE Lecture Area A

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.

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Mar
28
Sat
2020
Quadrivium 3. Ethical Considerations and virtual environments @ VWBPE Quadrivium
Mar 28 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM
Quadrivium 3. Ethical Considerations and virtual environments @ VWBPE Quadrivium

Facilitator:  Linda Sautereau (SL)/Peggy Lee (RL)
Assistant:  Kaylee West (SL)/Scott Grant (RL)

Where do our responsibilities lie when working in virtual environments? More importantly, what are the ethics of working in these spaces with our learners? This topic has been addressed by several of our speakers over the last couple of days considering access, privacy, harassment, Terms of Service and software. Join us at the last Quadrivium of the conference as we look for the answers together.

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Apr
18
Sat
2020
Volunteer Appreciation Party @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Apr 18 @ 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Volunteer Appreciation Party @ VWBPE Social Spaceport

As is our annual custom, we like to thank our volunteers for their hard work and dedication toward making the VWBPE conference the success that it has been, and we do it with a party! Everybody loves a party! Everyone is welcome – be sure to join us for a couple of hours of fun and news to look toward for next year.

Location:VWBPE Social Spaceport