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

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
Let’s talk! Coffee and a Chat @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Mar 28 @ 08:00 AM – 08:50 AM
Let's talk! Coffee and a Chat @ VWBPE Social Spaceport

Grab a passing rocket and start your day at the Social Spaceport. The coffee is on — Let’s review the first couple of days of the conference. What surprised you? What have you learned? How will you apply this in your practice? See you there!

Location: VWBPE Social Spaceport

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