Reconnaissance is the subtle art of exploring areas outside of our expertise that may be unfriendly to our current outlook or world view. Before this pandemic, the idea of a telecommuting economy seemed more like a dystopian fantasy than it would be applied to every aspect of our society. Today, over 75% of all jobs have some meaningful form of work-from-home options available to them.
No more so has this impacted our society than in the area of education. Educators are in the midst of the reconnaissance mission of their lives: not just to overcome, but to surpass all expectations of what is hoped for and possible. Classes at all levels from kindergarten to college and university have moved between fully on-site to fully online to hybrid models and some that ‘toggle’ back and forth in response to COVID-19 outbreaks. The resilience of educators in these times has been extraordinary!
We ask educators to consider what has changed over the past year as they have ventured out on missions through unexplored territory and to share their research and insights into this new landscape in which we find ourselves.
March 18thstarts the three-day Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference, with an amazing lineup of speakers, workshops, sim demonstrations, poster presentations, open discussions, and more. The conference will cover a wide range of subjects concerning virtual worlds and their use for education, virtual reality, smart games, arts and science, and the future of technology.
Launched in 2007, the VWBPE Conference provides educational and networking opportunities that are relevant to educational curriculum development utilizing virtual environments and “best practices”.
- Helping to build community through extension of learning best practices to practical application of those ideas and techniques;
- providing networking opportunities for educators and the communities that help support education; and
- providing access to current innovations, trends, ideas, case studies, and other best practices for educators and the communities that help support education.
Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education is a global grass-roots, peer reviewed, community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments. This open conference is organized by educators, for educators, and is open to everyone to provide an opportunity to showcase the learning that takes place in this community of practice.
All educators, librarians, non-profits, designers, and developers are encouraged to present, attend and take part in this discussion of collaborative deeper learning and co-presence in virtual worlds and games.
Although the main part of the conference will be held in Second Life® this year, there are sessions about different virtual worlds, and events on other virtual world grids. All Conference venues are listed in the program and were opened to the public on Monday 15 March.
Log into Second Life® and start at the VWBPE Gateway, gather your swag bag and information, and join us for the best conference yet!
Note: Daylight Saving Time
In most of the United States and Canada, Daylight Saving Time is in effect as of 14 March 2021. In Europe, Great Britain, and many other locations, DST is in effect as of 28 March, 2021 (after the conference is over). Check this page to find out when (and if) Daylight Saving Time begins for you: https://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2021.html.
This year’s keynote speakers are Dr. Undine Frömming, Heike Philp, and Dr. Bryan Alexander. We also have several invited speakers from Linden Lab, the developers of Second Life®.
The VWBPE conference keynote speakers and their respective presentations are featured on the conference website, along with a program of exciting presentations, social activities, and networking events that will set extraordinary discussions in motion.
Dr. Undine Frömming
We also have several invited speakers from Linden Lab, the developers of Second Life®.
Above the Book: What’s new at the Lab? interview with Patch Linden, VP of Product Operations
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm SLT/US Pacific Daylight Time
Compass Point Roundtable: Reconnaissance with the Lab discussion with Patch Linden, VP of Product Operations; Brett Linden, VP of Marketing; Grumpity Linden, VP of Product; Madori Linden, Product Specialist (Land Operations)
Friday, March 19, 2021, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm SLT/US Pacific Daylight Time
Quadrivium 3 :: Reconnaissance with Linden Lab discussion with Brett Linden, VP of Marketing; Grumpity Linden, VP of Product
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm SLT/US Pacific Daylight Time
See the program for full details and location.
The VWBPE Immersive Experiences showcase unique and interesting work being conducted across the metaverse. We invite you to join us as we explore sixteen interactive and engaging locations across Three virtual environments. The Immersive Experiences are scheduled from 3 March to 5 April (exclusive of the conference dates). Details and access instructions for the experiences are found at https://www.vwbpe.org/conference/program.
The Creatures of Myth Trilogy conference game is a much enjoyed feature of the conference which began last year with Part 1, Discovery and Adventure (“Do you hear the clamor of the stars?”) and continues with Part 2, When Darkness Falls (“When all was chaos, the only existence was darkness. And so Nyx rose in mist…”). Don’t miss the experience – take a friend with you and explore this intriguing quest!
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Additionally, this open and free conference would not be possible without the generous contributions of our VWBPE sponsors.
Register for Conference
You can register for the conference. Attendance is completely free.
Program and Live Stream
The full conference program is online – use the button below. You can also view presentations live on our watch page. All of the conference events will be in Second Life® this year, and the locations are included in the listings. When you click on a conference event and click “Add to Calendar”, you can add the event to your own calendar (Google and more).
Create Your Account
The Rockcliffe Registration Portal is open for people to register new Second Life® avatars and find out more about the VWBPE conference in-world. Go to http://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/. The instructions are there to get you and your friends started at this educator-friendly newcomers’ region in Second Life®.
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March 18-20, 2021
* Play * Explore * Engage * Immerse * Learn *