Last week the VWBPE teamannounced major news on the blog that the CloudParty platform will no longer be part of VWBPE 2014 onwards. This year the conference will be held from 9th to 12th April 2014 without CloudParty. As many know already Yahoo have acquired CloudParty and the service will shut down on 21st February 2014.
It’s not surprising to hear this because as one door closes another door opens for another platform to be part of the VWBPE conference. Other possibilities could be Twinity, There.com, Onverse, World of Warcraft, Active Worlds or Kaneva etc.
It is with regret that one of the key platforms VWBPE has been using as a principal venue, CloudParty, has been recently bought out by Yahoo and is now due to close (see link). While this potentially means wonderful things for the people at CloudParty and their future success, for the rest of us, we now need to pick up and move forward. This, too, is part of best practices. Learning to let go and to move on. How to bear the burden of attachment to friends, dedication to projects, and a desire for improvement, which now will need to transform to new states of being.
For the VWBPE Conference, this means we will no longer have a CloudParty track as the platform will be taken down prior to our April conference dates. People who have submitted proposals for this platform will be contacted to make other arrangements. But in the face of loss comes the face of opportunity to make new connections. To rethink the way we do things. To be reborn from the ashes and hopefully soar higher than ever before.
In this conference, we want to hear your stories on how you have addressed the transition from CloudParty to other platforms. To show us how we can extend the reach of educators to imagine a world without boundaries, without CloudParty. To reach out beyond self-imposed constraints and open the doors to new ways of thinking, imagining, expression, and building.
Upcoming Dates for VWBPE 2014
Registration opens: 1st February
Call for Volunteers: 15th February
Acceptance Letters: 15th February
VWBPE 2014 opens: 9th April
VWBPE 2014 ends: 12th April
Will you be applying or attending this year ? Please comment and share your views!
VWBPE 2013 opened just after 6am SLT this morning with many avatars visiting the VWBPE Gateway region for about an hour. At 7am SLT many teleported over to the VWBPE Central regions to listen to the LIVE keynotes opening speech presented by Gentle Heron who is the Co-founder of Virtual Ability, Inc. in Second Life. Over 100 attendees gathered to listen to her history in education which was really interesting and amazing throughout. If you are interested in education in Second Life then I strongly recommend you visiting this conference this week.
VWBPE 2013 starts today from 7am SLT with a opening keynote speech by Gentle Heron at the VWBPE Central Auditorium regions with many more educational presentations after. The conference will be covered live in Second Life, Cloud Party and JokaydiaGRID for the first time. The theme for this year is Beyond the Stage and its set to be a great conference. There is a free HUD this year and there many posters around the VWBPE sims to click on for more information.
The VWBPE 2013 Schedule is now available to view which takes place next week. Check out the new calendar tool which apparently lets you register for sessions. On the calendar you can change the format view and browse through various categories this year which is a great idea. It’s very nice looking and its easy to navigate around I think.
The conference will be covered in Second Life, OpenSim/Jokadia, Unity/Jibe and Cloud Party which has never been done before. Hopefully the conference will be a big success and in future years the conference can expand further. Feedback is key this year!
The first big event on Wednesday 24th July which is the Opening Keynotes at 7am-8am PDT/SLT at the VWBPE central regions in Second Life. The host is Alice Krueger (SL: Gentle Heron) who will be talking about The Role of the Educator, Then and Now, There and Here.
Later this month VWBPE 2013 will open officially in Second Life on the VWBPE regions. Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education is an open conference event organized by the best educators in Second Life to discuss virtual worlds and technologies. See FAQ for more information. This year the conference will be massive than in previous years and hopefully more visitors will visit this year during the long weekend of interesting educational live presentations.
Work preparations are still going on and now there are about 2 weeks to go until conference starts. Earlier in 2013 the official VWBPE 2013 website was redesigned and today it looks really nice. On the right hand side of the VWBPE 2013 website there are social media links to connect up to get the latest updates. Check out the pages and be part of the conference this year!
Grand Opening: 24th July to 27th July 2013
Theme: Beyond the Stage
Live Coverage: Second Life, OpenSim/Jokadia, Cloud Party and Unity/Jibe
VWBPE Regions 2013
New look VWBPE 2013 website
Sneak peak at the regions this year
VWBPE Gateway region has been revamped this year with a main central spot with outside areas for presentations which look very nice.
The main VWBPE Central regions have a smart red carpet this year with updated posters for 2013 around the top of the bridges.
VWBPE West and East regions are still empty at the moment. The latest update is that acceptance notification emails have been sent out and its recommended to check emails on a regular basis. Volunteers are still needed for VWBPE 2013 and the application form can be found here. Roles needed: Stage Manager, Estate Manager, Meet & Greet and Moderators.
Today new details have been released about the upcoming VWBPE 2013 (Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education) conference which is scheduled for 24th July through to the 27th July 2013. The VWBPE 2013 team are calling for SL Mentors, Helpers and Gurus to assist during this year’s big conference. They are needed to help students, educators and residents in Second Life make VWBPE 2013 the best conference ever.
VWBPE 2013 is organized by educators and volunteers of Second Life who do a excellent job each year. Presentations provide information anything from Second Life, OpenSim, Social Media and Virtual Worlds. The new details is that VWBPE 2013 will be held on 4 worlds which should be interesting.
This week there was new updated details about submissions for VWBPE 2013 which starts (24th-27th July 2013). Check out the new amazing VWBPE 2013 poster above for the 6th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference. Hopefully there will be an inworld presence, live streams and a larger audience this year.
The theme for VWBPE 2013 is Beyond the Stage. Presentations will be hosted across the metaverse like in Second Life, OpenSim, Unity/Jibe, and Cloud Party which will be a historical first for the resident run VWBPE 2013 event.
Submissions open: 6th May 2013
Submissions deadline: 15th June 2013
VWBPE 2013 opens: 24th July 2013
VWBPE 2013 last day: 27th July 2013
Futher details about VWBPE 2013 will be released in the coming months and already there seems to be alot of interest for this conference.
There are new details about this year’s VWBPE (Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference) 2013 in Second Life. The conference will be starting on Wednesday 24th July until Saturday 27th July 2013. The theme for VWBPE 2013 is Beyond the Stage which sounds interesting and I’m much looking forward to attending the conference inworld again. This year will mark it’s 6th annual conference in Second Life. Woooot!
For the latest news updates on VWBPE 2013 join the VWBPE group in Second Life which is free to join. There’s more than 640 members in the VWBPE group and hopefully there will be many more joining in the coming months.
VWBPE 2012 will be taking place next month in Second Life from 15th-17th March 2012. This will be the 5th annual conference inworld which i’m looking forward to because I have been really impressed with previous VWBPE events. Be Epic! is the theme for VWBPE 2012 which sounds really cool. Submissions for VWBPE 2012 are due before 11:59pm SLT on 15th February 2012.
VWBPE 2012 attendance will be free, sessions will be live and recorded during the conference weekend. Yay!
The Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education (VWBPE) is a community-based conference that provides opportunities for participants in all virtual worlds to share current teaching, learning, and research practices in 3D virtual environments. Conference presentations focus on teaching/learning, scholarly work, projects, events, activities and new and innovative tools for virtual education. Presenters will focus on the identification of best practices in education designed for 3D virtual world technology.
Here are the official 2011 VWBPE statistics from last year. I’m sure that VWBPE 2012 will be great fun and a big success. My hope is that more of the SL community will be more engaged with the conference this year.
In 2011, educators participated in:
150 virtual sessions
Tours of eight virtual worlds
52 interactive poster displays
An Educational Machinima Fest
Awards Ceremony celebrating the People’ Choice in Machinima and Interactive Poster displays
The 5th annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices In Education conference in Second Life, starts on 15th – 17th March 2012 and there is now need for volunteers to help out during the weekend full of interesting SL sessions. I have attended VWBPE in previous years in Second Life and each time its been really good. VWBPE is definitely worth volunteering for and visiting.
The 2011 VWBPE event in Second Life was attended by almost 2,500 individuals representing 91 countries and territories around the globe.
VWBPE 2012 Volunteer Opportunities available now.
MOOC Working Group
Presenter Preparation Team Members
New Avatar Helper
Social Committee Member
Interested in volunteering ?
This is the second call for volunteers. These opportunities are in committees that will start after January 15, 2012. Additional volunteer opportunities during the conference will be announced later in February 2012. Please read the descriptions below and fill out the form if you are interested.
After waiting many weeks for VWBPE 2011 data, here are the results for this year’s VWBPE 2011 attendance statistics. Thanks to the VWBPE team for providing the data.
Overall 2011 Attendance Statistics
The overall attendance not including those watching via Treet TV or MBC was 2, 440
Unique Avatars: 2, 447
Total Minutes: 437, 397 (7, 290 hours) & (304 days)
Avg. Minutes per Avatar: 178.75 (2.98 hours)
Avg. Age of Avatar: 30 months
Overall 2010 Attendance Statistics
Unique Avatars: 2, 077
Total Minutes: 427,597 (7, 126 hours) & (297days)
Avg. Minutes per Avatar: 205.87 & (3.43 hours)
Avg. Age of Avatar: 24.3 months
VWBPE 2012 Preparation
The planning for VWBPE 2012 is already underway. Recommendations, comments, and feedback can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. The VWBPE is community based and we welcome input from all segments of the community. Look for information on the 2012 conference starting with the “VWBPE 2011 Call for Organization Committee Volunteers” at our booth at the SL Communities Conference happening this August.
Marty Snowpaw, one of the many organizers of VWBPE 2010 said that “over 5, 000 avatars attended the two day event” between 12th-13th of March 2010. That means VWBPE 2010 set a brand new record. Marty Snowpaw also said “the conference is rolling a long with record breaking attendance”. VWBPE 2010 was a 48 hour in-world conference hosted at the VWBPE regions. VWBPE 2009 organizers announced last year that around 38, 00 unique with over 600 new avatars attended which set a new record. You can view the recorded videos of the conference, click here.
Perhaps next year the conference could be for the whole weekend but I am sure there will be even more records set. Seeing future conferences in 3D in Second Life would be awesome to see. The organizers, presenters and volunteers etc did a great job this year and I would definitely go next year.