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
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

 

Text chat and voice

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

Mar
28
Sat
2020
Keynote: Lessons Learned from the 2020 Educators in VR Conference @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 28 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 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 2020 Educators in VR International Summit, held in February. She is an educator, keynote speaker, trainer, writer, and consultant on virtual reality in education, web writing, digital storytelling, content curation, social media, and blogging. Called a digital evangelist, she’s taught over 1000 workshops and classes in virtual reality and has published over 3,000 articles on digital storytelling, social media, and web publishing as a thought-leader in the industry.

Accessibility: Voice to text transcription

Mar
30
Mon
2020
Interactive Walkthrough Ritual Experience @ Sacred Cauldron
Mar 30 @ 05:00 PM – 06:30 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 to reduce our carbon footprint by drastically reducing the amount of travel necessary to attend and teach at our seminary. We provide a visually rich online learning experience using the Second Life virtual reality platform. From the comfort of their homes, our students are able to connect and learn with other students from around the world in a graphically enticing interactive environment where their teachers give lectures, offer demonstrations, and answer questions in real time.

Our immersive experience will include a walk-through interactive ritual which is season-based. The experience has been designed and constructed by our Junior class as part of their studies.

  • Visitors will become immersed in the “story” or deep mythology related to a season/holiday.

Accessibility: We transcribe the spoken word during activities into text as the event occurs. For the interactive walkthrough, the elements give out notecards with directions as well as “speak” in local text.

Access: Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sacred%20Cauldron/178/180/66