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
Can SL improve access to STEM education and collaboration for autistic students? Exploring potential for a STEM Outreach Firm @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 26 @ 01:00 PM – 01:50 PM
Can SL improve access to STEM education and collaboration for autistic students? Exploring potential for a STEM Outreach Firm @ VWBPE Lecture Area A

Speaker: Laura Gilmour / Zeppelin123. University of Alberta. Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Psychology, M.Ed. Special Education, B.A. Psychology, Autistic Self-Advocate.

Stairway to STEM, a National Science Foundation-funded organization helps autistic succeed in post-secondary education. Resources created are geared towards families, autistic students, educators and policymakers. In some cases, online spaces allow autistic people to engage in experiences that would otherwise be out of reach for them. Improving the accessibility of post-secondary education through technology helps autistic people to “reach for the stars” and may lead to gainful employment.

  • Define the role of Stairway to STEM in helping autistic students succeed
  • Describe the potential for SL to improve outreach and accessibility of STEM education

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Workshop: Andragons 2020: What shape is your lesson? @ VWBPE Workshop Area A
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Workshop: Andragons 2020: What shape is your lesson? @ VWBPE Workshop Area A

Speaker: William Krebs / AgileBill Firehawk

So you want to teach in virtual reality. 3D immersive platforms offer creative ways to teach better. But how? How much creativity is enough, or too much? Join us for this hands on demonstration and discussion of possible patterns for a given introducing our hypothetical students to our demo topic – wider aspects of collectible card gaming. After seeing examples, participants will consider and suggest ways they would design the learning scenes of the future. This workshop reviews, updates, and offers practice in design of 3D learning based on a 2016 VWBPE paper (Krebs et al, 2016).

  • Participants will be able to identify and evaluate 3d learning designs
  • Participants will be able to draft ideas for their own 3d learning designs

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Mar
27
Fri
2020
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

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
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

Boldly Go – Celebrate Success & Cataclysm Stories @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 28 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Boldly Go - Celebrate Success & Cataclysm Stories @ VWBPE Lecture Area B

Speaker: Renne Emiko Brock / Zinnia Zauber. Peninsula College,

Confidence comes from educational attempts that fail with room to reflect and regroup to triumph. The constellations don’t move us. The stories behind the stars do. Teach the mythology and methodology of heroes and creatures to embrace worthy motives and mistakes. Assemble learning systems that build worlds and character, foster spheres of influence, and rejoice in honest reflective writing. Celebrate individual’s stories that highlight self-actualization results for all to become shining stars.

  • Teach transformative fable digital storytelling to turn frustration into creative opportunities.
  • Assemble a virtual myth makerspace to build confidence, celebrate challenges, and learn to shine.

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD

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

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

Reflection of the need for a moral and ethical reality constituted from three-dimensional immersive digital environments (3D-IDEs) @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 28 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM
Reflection of the need for a moral and ethical reality constituted from three-dimensional immersive digital environments (3D-IDEs) @ VWBPE Lecture Area B

Speaker: Christian Jonathan Angel Rueda / ecoonis, Universidad Autonoma de Querataro

During the development of initial digital technologies, the user was an observer entity that, since it was not involved in the mixing of the real with the virtual, did not feel the direct and instantaneous affectation of the use of said technology itself. Currently, with the new 3D-IDEs technologies, immersion is total, which generates a new problem both with their identity and with their perception of mixed realities, which can affect their moral perception and ethical awareness

  • Participants may reflect on the proposal of a Values Sensitive Design (VSD)

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD

Virtual Reality in Education: Intentional Immersion @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 28 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM
Virtual Reality in Education: Intentional Immersion @ VWBPE Lecture Area A

Speakers: Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg, Community Virtual Library; Bethany Winslow / Bethany Winslow; Marie Vans / Amvans Lapis.

Virtual reality offers opportunities and challenges that impact education (both on head-mounted displays and desktops) for deep learning. Because educators cannot be trained to utilize all of the current virtual reality tools entering the market, professional networking is essential for identifying best practices. The gaming backchannel app DISCORD will be optionally used during this session for interactivity.

  • Participants will investigate the advantages and disadvantages of various VR spaces.
  • Participants will be given specific examples of critical thinking in VR spaces.

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD tool

Mar
31
Tue
2020
Mindscape @ MindScape
Mar 31 @ 02:00 PM – 03:30 PM
Mindscape @ MindScape

Host: Asmita Duranjaya

“MindScape” is related to brain research and what can refer to the human mind, how to develop, inspire and care for or manipulate it. 15 artists have created either a 2D or a 3D work referring to the topic by adding his or her idea, be it more realistic-physical or more mental or philosophical abstract. The 3D area is a moon landscape, where the 50-prim-installations are presented.

  • Participants will be able to observe the installations and pictures and to interact with them.
  • Participants will be motivated to develop their own idea about what MIND can be and do for them.

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation. Bots provide information on the art installations.

Access: Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nice%20Atoll/185/142/3685