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 15 @ 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM Community Virtual Library in Kitely
Join host Bethany Winslow to create a selfie for the Friends of the Library wall at Community Virtual Library location in Kitely! This activity was designed as an Open Educational Resource that allows a new[...]
Mar 19 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM Full Immersion Swing Era Dance
SavoyBallroom.org and 2Ldance.org have produced a full-immersion dance class experience in Second Life which teaches the dances, music, bands, dance halls, and history of the Swing Era. Volunteer partners are usually available to enjoy the[...]
Mar 19 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM Full Immersion Swing Era Dance
SavoyBallroom.org and 2Ldance.org have produced a full-immersion dance class experience in Second Life which teaches the dances, music, bands, dance halls, and history of the Swing Era. Volunteer partners are usually available to enjoy the[...]
Mar 20 @ 06:00 AM – 07:30 AM The Science Circle
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
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
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 VWBPE Gateway
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[...]
Mar 26 @ 09:30 AM – 10:20 AM VWBPE Auditorium
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 VWBPE Lecture Area B
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 VWBPE Lecture Area A
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[...]
Mar 26 @ 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM VWBPE Parade Start
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[...]
Mar 26 @ 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM VWBPE Social Spaceport
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[...]
Mar 26 @ 01:00 PM – 01:50 PM 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[...]
Mar 26 @ 01:00 PM – 01:50 PM VWBPE Quadrivium
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 VWBPE Auditorium
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 VWBPE Lecture Area B
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 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[...]
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM VWBPE Lecture Area A
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 VWBPE Workshop Area A
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[...]
Mar 26 @ 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM VWBPE Social Smashing Saucers
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’[...]
Mar 27 @ 08:00 AM – 08:50 AM VWBPE Auditorium
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 VWBPE Quadrivium
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 VWBPE Lecture Area A
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 VWBPE Quadrivium
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 VWBPE Lecture Area B
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 VWBPE Lecture Area A
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 VWBPE Workshop Area B
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 VWBPE Lecture Area B
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[...]
Mar 27 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM VWBPE Social Spaceport
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[...]
Mar 27 @ 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM VWBPE Stella Installation
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[...]
Mar 27 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM 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[...]
Mar 27 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM VWBPE Lecture Area B
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 Royal Opera Garnier
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[...]
Mar 27 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM Royal Opera Garnier
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[...]
Mar 28 @ 08:00 AM – 08:50 AM 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[...]
Mar 28 @ 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM VWBPE Workshop Area A
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 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[...]
Mar 28 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM 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.[...]
Mar 28 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM VWBPE Auditorium
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 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[...]
Mar 28 @ 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM VWBPE SL Squares
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 VWBPE Auditorium
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
Mar 28 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM 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[...]
Mar 28 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM 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[...]
Mar 28 @ 04:00 PM – 04:50 PM VWBPE Quadrivium
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[...]
Mar 28 @ 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM VWBPE Auditorium
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[...]
Mar 28 @ 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM VWBPE Auditorium
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[...]
Mar 28 @ 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM VWBPE Lightning Stage
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[...]
Mar 28 @ 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM VWBPE Lightning Stage
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 Sacred Cauldron
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[...]
Mar 31 @ 02:00 PM – 03:30 PM MindScape
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[...]
Apr 5 @ 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Physics Experimentation
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 World of Warcraft Classic
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[...]
Apr 11 @ 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Campbell Hero Walk
Please NOTE the rescheduled time. 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[...]
Apr 18 @ 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM VWBPE Social Spaceport
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![...]