The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) Conference Takes Place in Second Life March 26th-28th, 2020

The long-running annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference runs from today until March 28th, 2020 in Second Life.

Advertisements

Some Pictures from the Opening of the Virtual VIVE Ecosystem Conference (V2EC), March 18th, 2020

Here are a few screencaps I took from the livestream of the Virtual VIVE Ecosystem Conference opening, held on the ENGAGE educational social VR platform:

HTC Chairowman Cher Wang
Cher addresses the virtual audience
HTC CEO Yves Maitre

Looks like the V2EC conference is off to a great start! You can watch the livestream here.

The 13th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference Will Take Place in Second Life from March 26th to 28th, 2020

We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming…”  If you are looking for my blogposts about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, please click here. I have returned to the original purpose of this blog—covering “news and views on social VR, virtual worlds, and the metaverse”.


The long-running Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference will take place in the virtual world of Second Life from March 26th to 28th, 2020. (Last year, over 1,000 people from 30 countries attended the 2019 VWBPE conference.)

The keynote speakers are (thanks to Inara Pey for the details!):

  • Thursday, March 26th – Dr. L. Robert Furman: Dr. Furman is an educator, leader, scholar, speaker and author; he is also a contributing Educational blogger for The Huffington Post as well as Ed Tech Review. 
  • Friday, March 27th – Dr. Michael Thomas: a Professor of Education and a Principal Fellow of the HEA, with a focus on digital learning, social justice, social mobility and the student experience. The title of Dr. Thomas’ keynote is Virtual Worlds and Social Justice: An Impact and Civic Engagement Agenda.
  • Saturday, March 28th – Lorelle VanFossen and Daniel Dyboski-Bryant : Lorelle and Daniel will share their experience creating and running the first-ever Educators in VR 2020 International Summit, which was a resounding success with 160 speakers over six days on five different social VR platforms, and a model for future virtual conferences. The title of Lorelle and Daniel’s keynote is Lessons Learned from the 2020 Educators in VR Conference.
Lorelle VanFossen and Daniel Dyboski-Bryant, Educators in VR

Here is the complete conference program. If you are interested, you can view previous years’ VWBPE conference sessions on YouTube.

See you there!

Registration Has Opened for HTC’s Virtual Vive Ecosystem Conference (V²EC) March 19th

Just a reminder that online registration has opened for HTC’s Virtual Vive Ecosystem Conference (V²EC), which will be held on the ENGAGE social VR platform on Thursday, March 19th, starting at 1:30 a.m. GMT. The conference will be bilingual (English/Chinese) and registration is free.

Here is the link to the online registration for the conference. Follow the hashtag #V2EC2020 on Twitter for more information.