Brief look at VWPE 2014


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Brief look at VWPE 2014

  1. 1. Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference In Second Life (and other platforms) Brief Look at VWBPE 2014 Image courtesy of Sean Henry - 4/2014
  2. 2. Sean Henry - 4/2014
  3. 3. Sean Henry - 4/2014
  4. 4. About VWBPE  Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education is a global grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments.  VWBPE is an open conference is organized by educators, for educators, to provide an opportunity to showcase the learning that takes place in this community of practice.  All educators K-12 and in Higher Education are encouraged to present, attend and take part in this discussion of collaborative deeper learning and co-presence in virtual worlds and games.  The 2014 Theme “Connections” challenged us educators to explore relationships and reflect on the tapestry of how we became who we are, those we connect with, and the innovations in education that brought us to where we are today. “The virtual frontier provides new tools and techniques to recognize these interconnections as well as new means to build previously impossible paths which help establish the links between us all.” Promotional Video Sean Henry - 4/2014
  5. 5. VWBPE 2014 Attendance Statistics 4500 total attendees from around the world: 3400 in Second Life 100 in OSgrid (open source alternative to Second Life) 1000 in Livestream Sean Henry - 4/2014
  6. 6. VWBPE Presentation Formats: Seven keynote addresses from cutting-edge educators as well as the both the creator of Second Life as well as the new CEO Sean Henry - 4/2014 Image courtesy of
  7. 7. Keynote from new Second Life CEO In “Reconnecting with the Education Market,” new CEO Ebbe Altberg promises to restore broken connections in a rousing keynote and lengthy Q & A “town hall”session Sean Henry - 4/2014 Image courtesy of
  8. 8. VWBPE Presentation Formats: 21 Workshops, including “Creating Immersive Environments” by Isa Goodman in New Zealand Second Life supports many media formats for presentations. Currently, YouTube and Slideshare are very popular. Sean Henry - 4/2014
  9. 9. Part of “Creating Immersive Environments Sean Henry - 4/2014
  10. 10. Other VWBPE Presentation Formats: Lectures Formal panel discussions Informal roundtable discussions, and … Sean Henry - 4/2014
  11. 11. Sim Tours … … such as a guided tour of “Hitsville USA,” a recreation of 1960’s Motown/Detroit Sean Henry - 4/2014
  12. 12. Plus a live theatrical play! The Quill and Quarrel Theatre production company presented their production of Margaret Edson's WIT, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Sean Henry - 4/2014
  13. 13. Social Media Communication at VWBPE Live nearby conference chat stream or personal IMs to individual attendees/avatars, plus other conversations with friends or groups you have going on simultaneously in Second Life This green sound wave pattern indicates that voice chat is enabled and the avatar is speaking Sean Henry - 4/2014
  14. 14. A few VWBPE 2014 observations  Much emphasis on gamification and game-based learning  Large representation of language education and online nursing programs  More emphasis on libraries and information literacy  Some restored faith in Second Life while noting that it has never reached its huge potential as a social media platform due to access issues  Recognition that Second Life needs to set clear, strategic future goals to remain a viable platform Sean Henry - 4/2014
  15. 15. VWBPE Conference Links VWBPE Website VWBPE on Flickr VWBPE on YouTube Sean Henry - 4/2014