8th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference

03 Mar


This year’s conference is only a couple weeks away, so now’s the time to clear space on your calendar. If you’re interested in how educators are using persistent virtual worlds, this is the place to be. You can get a taste by watching video from some of last year’s sessions. I’ve attended for the past couple years and this time I’m volunteering as a mentor and greeter.

To see this year’s schedule, go to the VWBPE calendar and use the arrow next to “go to date” to look ahead at March. So many of the sessions look good! Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg kicks off the conference with the opening keynote at 1:00pm SLT on Wednesday, March 18th and the list of featured speakers is interesting.

There is no cost to attend. Some sessions take place in Second Life and some on the AvaconGrid: how to access the conference.  If you haven’t used SL or OpenSim before, accounts are free but it will take some time to download a viewer and set up an account. (Note that if you’re an SL resident and want to attend the Avacon sessions, you must use a viewer version that can also access OpenSim and you will need to set up a new account there.)

There is a page about conference etiquette on the VWBPE site and I’ll add a couple items. The keynote addresses and some other events can be so well-attended that the sims are full, but you can still attend: simply go to a nearby area and move your camera to see and hear the speaker. If you are wearing a lot of scripts or have high render weight, a conference volunteer may ask you to remove items, so it’s easiest to dress for low lag before attending.

Hope to see you there!

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