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
Above the Book: What’s up at the Lab? @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 26 @ 02:00 PM – 02:50 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 Linden, CEO of Linden Lab, and Patch Linden, Vice President of Product Operations for Linden Lab, sharing what’s new at Linden Lab.

Accessibility: Voice to text transcription

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

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

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD