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Thursday, March 28, 2019

VWBPE 2019 Conference “Re:Visions” Opens April 4, 2019 in Second Life




April 4 starts 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. 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.


This year's keynote speakers are Dr. Tom Boellstorff, Dr. Tuncer Can, and Dr. Jonathon Richter. (https://vwbpe.org/conference/keynotes-and-speakers-2019). They will help us consider an anthropologist’s view of virtual worlds (including the feature film “Our Digital Selves: My Avatar Is Me” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQw02-me0W4&feature=youtu.be); the use of virtual worlds in language learning; and what works in immersive XR (VR/AR/MR).


The VWBPE conference keynote speakers and their respective presentations are featured on the conference website (http://vwbpe.org), along with a calendar of exciting presentations, social activities, and networking events that will set extraordinary discussions in motion.  


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 five virtual environments. The Immersive Experiences are scheduled from March 24 to April 19 (exclusive of the conference dates). Details and access instructions for the experiences are found at http://vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe-calendar.


Additionally, this open and free conference would not be possible without the generous contributions of our VWBPE sponsors (http://vwbpe.org/sponsors-2019 ).


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/ and all the instructions are there to get your friends started.


The full conference schedule is online here: http://vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe-calendar. You can also view presentations live on YouTube (http://vwbpe.org/watch). 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).


**Keynotes**


VWBPE Main Auditorium


Keynote: Paraethnographic film as mode of education: Lessons from disability in virtual worlds
Dr. Tom Boellstorff, University of California Irvine
Thursday, April 4, 2019
9:30 – 10:20am SLT/US Pacific Daylight Time


Keynote: Teacher training within Virtual Worlds
Dr. Tuncer Can, Istanbul University
Friday, April 5, 2019
9:00am – 9:50pm  SLT/US Pacific Daylight Time


Keynote: Crossing the Horizon together: Scanning, transforming, and sharing “What Works” in Immersive XR
Dr. Jonathon Richter, Salish Kootenai College and Executive Director, Immersive Learning Research Network
Saturday, April 6, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:50am SLT/US Pacific Daylight Time


**Above the Book Interviews**


VWBPE Main Auditorium
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Central%204/34/31/22


Thursday, April 4, 2019
02:00 PM – 02:50 PM
Above the Book: What’s new at the Lab?
Patch Linden, Senior Director, Product Operations and Grumpity Linden, Senior Director, Product.


Saturday, April 6, 2019
02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Above the Book: Catching up with Thinkerer
Selby (Thinkerer) Evans


**Web Pages**


Conference Information: http://vwbpe.org
Registration: http://vwb.pe/register  
Rockcliffe Registration Portal: http://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/


**Social Media**


Second Life Group
secondlife:///app/group/8b03480a-793d-ba5b-5b6b-dd10afb5d38e/about


Facebook


Flickr


Google Photos


Google+


LinkedIn


Twitter


YouTube


**Major Sponsors**


*Platinum Sponsors
Virtual Outworlding


*Gold Sponsors
Rockcliffe University Consortium


*Silver Sponsors
UNM Extended Learning
GReat Kreations
Virtual Ability


*Bronze Sponsors
Agile Dimensions
Kelley School of Business
EduNation Islands


Blue Ribbon Community Sponsors
Hsiao-Cheng Han
Marie Vans
Montana State University


**Contact:
Beth S. O’Connell
VWBPE Communications Chair
Avatar: Beth Ghostraven


[Attached: VWBPE 2019 Re:Visions Logo]


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