Since 2007, the educational communities using immersive digital spaces for learning have come together to share what we have learned about using games and simulations in the classroom. For many, the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education has been the vanguard leading the charge on understanding how culture, technology and pedagogy merge to provide a more enriching experience for both teachers and students.

Over the last twelve years we have gone beyond the stage, establishing connections at the crossroads of being here and being epic. We have looked behind us at the legacy we have left behind and the horizons of new possibilities, and carried forward with the VRevolutions of new technologies and collaborations. This year we re:Vision the future.

Let us remind you what re:Vision is:

re:Vision is not just a concept,
but a passion of those who seek to revise old ideas
or innovate new ones into our modern extended reality.

This week, we open the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference on April 4th. VWBPE is one of the most successful virtual conferences in the world, the Gold Standard by which all other conferences are judged in their scope, reach, influence, and accessibility.

We welcome Tom Boellstorff, Tuncer Can, and Jonathon Richter as our Keynotes, guiding us as we re:Vision the future of teaching and learning.

There are several special events you won’t want to miss, including Thursday’s discussion “The Making of Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is Me”. Filmmaker Draxtor Despres and many of the participants will be present, building upon Tom Boellstorff’s Keynote talk earlier in the day. Moderator LoriVonne Lustre will keep the conversation rolling. Be sure to watch the film before the start of the conference.

The ever engaging Unconference chats will continue this year as a refreshing way to start the day and process the many presentations of the previous day. See you on the Social Plaza or join via Twitter at 8:00 AM SLT on Friday and Saturday. Text chat only.

Another way to engage with your colleagues is at the daily Quadrivium discussions. Topics this year look at assessment, professional learning communities, and technology as we re:Vision what these mean to teaching and learning. Our VWBPE audience never fails to examine all aspects of a topic.

In between all of these exciting events, we hope you’ll find time to explore the conference regions, including the exhibits. Unlike the poster sessions at physical world conferences, our 3D immersive exhibits give an in-depth view of many possibilities for immersive online teaching, learning, and networking.

Join us this Thursday at 8:00 am PDT on the VWBPE Regions in Second Life (or watch our live streams on YouTube) as we kick off what will be one of our most successful years yet.

The future is now: re:Vision.