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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Note: Daylight Saving Time

In most of the United States and Canada, Daylight Saving Time is in effect as of 8 March 2020. Is your location affected? Check this page to find out when (and if) Daylight Saving Time begins for you. The Spring/Fall time change occurs throughout March and April, if at all, depending upon your location.


Mar
26
Thu
2020
Out of this World Parade @ VWBPE Parade Start
Mar 26 @ 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

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 and sounds as we make our way to the social spaceport. Be sure to wear your special parade helmet that is in your swag bag for this fun event!

Location: Parade Start

Music and Dancing @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Mar 26 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 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 new ones.  Put on your Rocket Boots – I mean dancing shoes, and come join the fun! 

Location: Social Spaceport

Educator’s Networking Forum @ VWBPE Quadrivium
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 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 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

 

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

Smashing Space Saucers @ VWBPE Social Smashing Saucers
Mar 26 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 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’ goal. Yep, there will be lots of space collisions so wear your protective gear! Just kidding, come have fun with us. If you don’t want to drive, you can be a spectator!

Location: Smashing Saucers

Mar
27
Fri
2020
Virtual conferences and social responsibility @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 27 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 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 present at conferences with little proven benefit. Educationalists from resource poor countries have little opportunity to attend such conferences. Virtual and online conferences such as the Virtual International Day of the Midwife and VWBPE are freely accessible to all at minimal cost to planet or academia.

  • Participants will debate the benefits, challenges and organisational costs of virtual and online conferences

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD

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

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

Live Music by Camme Carver @ VWBPE Social Spaceport
Mar 27 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 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 hits to golden oldies.  You are sure to enjoy this popular performer while dancing and relaxing.

Location: Social Spaceport

STELLA, An Art Installation @ VWBPE Stella Installation
Mar 27 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 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 journey will begin in a pink rocketship. Enjoy this exhibit in daylight settings! 

Location: Rocket to Art Installation

Join the Team: Ready to Launch? @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 27 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 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 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

Red Carpet and Pre-show Experience @ Royal Opera Garnier
Mar 27 @ 05:30 PM – 06:00 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 photos with friends and mingle with other guests before the immersive performance by DeJa Vu – a ballet group. Come early to get some bubbly and a good seat,  then sit back and enjoy the show!

Location: Royal Opera Garnier

DeJa Vu – The Forest Queen @ Royal Opera Garnier
Mar 27 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 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 Carpaccio. You will enjoy this beautiful performance at the Royal Opera Garnier.

Location: Royal Opera Garnier

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

Second Life Squares @ VWBPE SL Squares
Mar 28 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 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 the squares and have fun making up answers to trivia you don’t know. We also need audience members if you don’t want to play, come and watch the fun.

Location: SL Squares

Live Music Performance @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 28 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 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 that comes from the heart touches the heart. Samm enjoys impacting the listener’s life with her music. She connects her audience to the heartfelt messages in every song. Come and listen to this talented performer!

Location: Auditorium

Ziggy Stardust Tribute @ VWBPE Lightning Stage
Mar 28 @ 07:00 PM – 08:00 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 up to the secret planet on the social sim for this fantastic concert. Join us for an out-of-this-world experience. 

Location: Lightning Stage

Dance The Night Away @ VWBPE Lightning Stage
Mar 28 @ 08:00 PM – 09:00 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 while DJ Coz keeps the party hopping with great tunes! This is your chance to share your favorite moments from VWBPE 2020 and hang out with your old and new friends. 

Location: Lightning Stage