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 @ 06:00 AM – 07:30 AM
The Science Circle: Open Education Worldwide @ The Science Circle
06:00 AM
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,[...]
Mar 20 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
The Science Circle: Open Education Worldwide @ The Science Circle
10:00 AM
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,[...]
Mar 21 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
The Art of War: Military Art and Photography History @ The Art of War
10:00 AM
Our host, johannes1977, has done it again!  Join us for a lesson on how art throughout the ages was used to tell the story of war, from Egyptian times to present day. This immersive experience[...]
Mar 26 @ 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM
Kick Off and Ribbon Cutting @ VWBPE Gateway
08:00 AM
Join us at the Gateway for the Kick Off Event of VWBPE 2020. This is a time to socialize and network with friends, old and new, while enjoying the lovely piano music of Ari (Arisia[...]
Keynote :: Are you future ready? Steps to build your stairway to the future @ VWBPE Auditorium
09:30 AM
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[...]
Mar 26 @ 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Design for Difficulties and Disorienting Dilemmas @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
10:30 AM
Speakers: Kae Novak / Kavon Zenovka and Chris Luchs / Abacus Capalini The first phase of transformative learning (Mezirow, 1991) is a disorienting dilemma, yet when designing for education we often default to user design[...]
Mar 26 @ 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Overcoming technical limits of LSL (SL and OpenSim) @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
10:30 AM
Speaker: James Stibbards  / JB Hancroft This is an advanced technical session, for those who would like to have *large* and *complex* projects in SL or OpenSim, but are concerned about the inherent limits of[...]
Out of this World Parade @ VWBPE Parade Start
Mar 26 @ 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Out of this World Parade @ VWBPE Parade Start
11:30 AM
The VWBPE Annual Parade is a great way to start our social events! Meet us at the starting area and travel by rocket for a tour of the social sim!  You will enjoy the sights[...]
Music and Dancing @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Mar 26 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Music and Dancing @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
12:00 PM
Our parade will end at the Social Building and Spaceport for a Stellar Space Party with fabulous tunes and dancing with DJ Coz Okelly. This is a great way to greet old friends and make[...]
Can SL improve access to STEM education and collaboration for autistic students? Exploring potential for a STEM Outreach Firm @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
01:00 PM
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[...]
Mar 26 @ 01:00 PM – 01:50 PM
Quadrivium 1: The digital divide of immersive technology (AR, VR, XR) @ VWBPE Quadrivium
01:00 PM
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[...]
Mar 26 @ 02:00 PM – 02:50 PM
Above the Book: What's up at the Lab? @ VWBPE Auditorium
02:00 PM
Speakers: Mal Burns; Ebbe Altberg / Ebbe Linden;  Patch Linden VWBPE welcomes Mal Burns as he takes the lead for the 2020 Above the Book conversations. Mal will be talking with Ebbe Altberg / Ebbe[...]
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM
CANCELLED :: Freedom and Intrinsic Motivation @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
03:00 PM
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[...]
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM
Educator's Networking Forum @ VWBPE Quadrivium
03:00 PM
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[...]
Interstellar: Learning in Space @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM
Interstellar: Learning in Space @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
03:00 PM
Speakers: Cynthia Colongne / Lyr Lobo; Andrew Stricker / Spinoza Quinnell; Barbara Truman / Delightful Doowangle All aboard as Virtual Harmony travels to the stars. We design and test game simulations for exploration in virtual[...]
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Workshop: Andragons 2020: What shape is your lesson? @ VWBPE Workshop Area A
03:00 PM
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[...]
Smashing Space Saucers @ VWBPE Social Smashing Saucers
Mar 26 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Smashing Space Saucers @ VWBPE Social Smashing Saucers
04:00 PM
Remember the bumper boats of your childhood? We have taken this to the next level with our “Out of this World” Space Saucers! We will play as teams to push the satellite to our opponents’[...]
Keynote: Virtual Worlds and Social Justice: An Impact and Civic Engagement Agenda @ VWBPE Auditorium
08:00 AM
Speaker: Dr. Michael Thomas / Haruki Dean Introduction: Heike Philp / Gwen Gwasi Michael Thomas is a Professor of Education with a focus on digital learning, social justice, social mobility and the student experience. I’m[...]
Mar 27 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM
A Nonprofit Commons Salute to the Stars @ VWBPE Quadrivium
09:00 AM
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[...]
Mar 27 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM
Virtual conferences and social responsibility @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
09:00 AM
Speaker: Linda Wylie / Linda March With global temperatures increasing, the debate is heating up in academia about the value of face to face conferences. Academics travel many miles creating a huge carbon footprint to[...]
Mar 27 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Quadrivium 2. Stellar Language Learning Practices @ VWBPE Quadrivium
10:00 AM
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[...]
Mar 27 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Scholars VR: Engaging New Audiences with the Scholarly @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
10:00 AM
Speaker: Patrick Pennefather / Vesuviusblowhorn. University of British Columbia This conceptual case study lays the groundwork for a Virtual Reality (VR) research creation undergoing co-construction; shared to champion the continual experimentation with and investigations of[...]
Mar 27 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Immersive Language Learning in Virtual Worlds @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
11:00 AM
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[...]
Mar 27 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Workshop: Avatars on the Edges of Space: An Immersion Model @ VWBPE Workshop Area B
11:00 AM
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[...]
Mar 27 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Only what we do is real. Let us do VR @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
12:00 PM
Speakers: Reiner Schneeberger / Art Blue; JulietteSurrealDreaming This presentation will explore a way to bring art creations made in the virtual world of Second Life into HMDs mainly for educational projects so to create awareness[...]
Live Music by Camme Carver @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Mar 27 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Live Music by Camme Carver @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
01:00 PM
Join us at the Social Building to listen and dance to the live guitarist and singer Camme Carver. Camme, also known as CC, is a genuine entertainer with a broad range of songs from today’s[...]
STELLA, An Art Installation @ VWBPE Stella Installation
Mar 27 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
STELLA, An Art Installation @ VWBPE Stella Installation
02:00 PM
Betty Tureaud, a Danish artist in RL, is a builder who optimizes the use of light and space in SL.  You won’t want to miss STELLA, her amazing and beautiful installation at VWBPE 2020. Your[...]
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
03:00 PM
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[...]
Mar 27 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM
Survey Says! Developing Criteria for VR Courses @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
04:00 PM
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[...]
Mar 27 @ 05:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Red Carpet and Pre-show Experience @ Royal Opera Garnier
05:30 PM
Most SLer’s love to dress up!  Put on your favorite, fancy outfit and join us on the red carpet. Make yourself low lag by removing scripts and huds. You will have a chance to take[...]
DeJa Vu – The Forest Queen @ Royal Opera Garnier
Mar 27 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
DeJa Vu - The Forest Queen @ Royal Opera Garnier
06:00 PM
DeJa Vu has been an SL theatre & ballet group since 2014. Their ballet, “The Forest Queen”, will stimulate your imagination, accompanied by beautiful Celtic music. The direction, set design, and choreography are by Ina[...]
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
08:00 AM
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[...]
Mar 28 @ 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Workshop: Symbolic Modeling: A Great Teaching Tool @ VWBPE Workshop Area A
09:00 AM
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[...]
Mar 28 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM
You Don't Have To Go To Space for Effective PD! @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
09:00 AM
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[...]
Mar 28 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Boldly Go - Celebrate Success & Cataclysm Stories @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
10:00 AM
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.[...]
Mar 28 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Keynote: Lessons Learned from the 2020 Educators in VR Conference @ VWBPE Auditorium
11:00 AM
Speakers: Lorelle VanFossen / Lorellev, co-founder of Educators in VR Introduction: Lorraine Mockford / LoriVonne Lustre Lorelle VanFossen is the co-founder of Educators in VR, and producer of the world’s largest immersive virtual conference, the[...]
Mar 28 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Soul of A Charioteer in Virtual Orbit Around Mars @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
12:00 PM
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[...]
Second Life Squares @ VWBPE SL Squares
Mar 28 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Second Life Squares @ VWBPE SL Squares
01:00 PM
Remember the famous TV show Hollywood Squares? Catboy Qunhua, a comedian and game creator, will be hosting the show, which will be a blast! Please “come on down” and be a contestant or occupy one of[...]
Mar 28 @ 02:00 PM – 02:50 PM
Above the Book: Catching up with the Thinkerers @ VWBPE Auditorium
02:00 PM
VWBPE instituted the Thinkerer Award in 2014 in recognition of exemplary service across the metaverse. Join us as Mal Burns catches up with our 2nd Thinkerer Alice Krueger / Gentle Heron (2015). Location: Auditorium
Reflection of the need for a moral and ethical reality constituted from three-dimensional immersive digital environments (3D-IDEs) @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
03:00 PM
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[...]
Mar 28 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM
Virtual Reality in Education: Intentional Immersion @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
03:00 PM
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[...]
Mar 28 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM
Quadrivium 3. Ethical Considerations and virtual environments @ VWBPE Quadrivium
04:00 PM
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[...]
Live Music Performance @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 28 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Live Music Performance @ VWBPE Auditorium
05:00 PM
Relax with us at the Main Auditorium before the Closing Ceremony and enjoy the music of Samm Quendra.  Samm describes herself as just a simple, ordinary girl who loves to sing. She believes that everything[...]
Closing Ceremony @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 28 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Closing Ceremony @ VWBPE Auditorium
06:00 PM
Join us as we reflect upon the highlights of the conference, with closing remarks from Phelan Corrimal and other VWBPE Committee Chairs. This event is hosted by the one and only Pooky Amsterdam, CEO of[...]
Ziggy Stardust Tribute @ VWBPE Lightning Stage
Mar 28 @ 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Ziggy Stardust Tribute @ VWBPE Lightning Stage
07:00 PM
Lightning Productions, led by Coz Okelly, has performed for the VWBPE closing performance for many years. This year they will host a tribute to David Bowie as “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.”  Jet[...]
Dance The Night Away @ VWBPE Lightning Stage
Mar 28 @ 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Dance The Night Away @ VWBPE Lightning Stage
08:00 PM
Immediately following the David Bowie Tribute Show,  join us for a “Dance The Night Away” party! There is no better way to end the 2020 VWBPE conference than to dance, chat, and enjoy good company[...]
Mar 30 @ 05:00 PM – 06:30 PM
Interactive Walkthrough Ritual Experience @ Sacred Cauldron
05:00 PM
Hosts: Stasia Weston/ Aevalle Galicia; Belladonna Laveau / Belladonna Yarrowroot; Phoenix Silverstar; Dee BlissWitch.  Wooston-Steen Theological Seminary Sacred Caldron houses the virtual campus for Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary. WSTS is an environmentally conscious institution that works[...]
Mindscape @ MindScape
Mar 31 @ 02:00 PM – 03:30 PM
Mindscape @ MindScape
02:00 PM
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[...]
Campbell Hero Walk @ Campbell Hero Walk
Apr 4 @ 04:00 PM – 05:30 PM
Campbell Hero Walk @ Campbell Hero Walk
04:00 PM
Host: Ludova (Quippe Wylder) The Hero Walk is a circle of twelve colours and pictures. Each picture talks in text when touched, describing that step of Campbell’s hero journey and asking the viewer a question.[...]
Apr 5 @ 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Physics Experimentation via Mechanical Systems In Virtual Platforms @ Physics Experimentation
09:00 AM
Hosts: Thuja Hynes; Emilin Nakamori; Ronda Barbosa. Virtual Mechanics Scientific experimentation with prim physics offers rewarding results as play, for rigorous control process, for sole and collaborative problem solving and learning, and for application in[...]
Apr 6 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Embrace the Suck: Classic World of Warcraft @ World of Warcraft Classic
05:00 PM
Hosts: Abacus Capalini; Kavon Zenovka The retro release of World of Warcraft (WoW) last year resulted in the largest quarterly increase of subscriptions ever for the game. By all accounts, WoW classic is hard, time[...]
Volunteer Appreciation Party @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Apr 18 @ 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Volunteer Appreciation Party @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
12:00 PM
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![...]