Monday, July 13, 2015

2015 EDU: PEOPLE: The Always Educational Conference. For the Always education communities of the future.

The Always Educational Conference.  
For the Always education communities of the future.
Virtual worlds have people in many different time zones.  Interest groups, such as educators, can't all get together at the same time.  On the other hand, we can easily visit the same virtual world build or web site several times a day.  Here are suggestions on how to combine the benefits of virtual worlds with the advantages of social media to get the communication benefits of conferences on a persistent and low cost basis.     


  • Last January I pointed out that virtual worlds called for a rethinking of conventions:
  • Unconventional thinking about conventional conventions in the virtual worlds.
  • A recent meeting of VWER discussed the problem smaller scale communication.
  • Educators in virtual worlds are always doing things.  
  • We always have things to report on.  
  • VWER meets once a week.  We are never without news 
  • We don't need an annual conference, we need an Always Conference
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  • What would an Always Conference be like?
  • Look below the break
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News and Notes

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  • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
  • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

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    What educationally valuable activities happen at educational conferences?

    • Presentation of papers
    • Informal Q&A sessions with the authors
    • Distribution of notes, references, and other material not ready for publication
    • Demonstrations, displays, and hands-on experience with instructional resources
    • Informal conversations among people who recognize common interests 
    • Interviews between job seekers and people with positions on offer

    How could these be changed from annually to always?

    Presentation of papers>Persistent presentations 

    • The usual presentation consists of speaking, slides, and text handouts.
    • That presentation can be made persistent as a video with web links.
    • Presentations at VWBPE have been recorded and archived for continuing use. 
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    • Note how the illustrative video below provides a persistent presentation.
    • Unlike ephemeral presentations at a conference, this presentation has a weblink.
    • I can reference for my article because it has a persistent weblink.
    • Over time, the presentation may reach a wider audience over the web
    • Than it ever could in a short conference. 



    Informal Q&A sessions with the authors

    • A lot of discovery and learning happens after the presentation.  
    • In the form of the Q&A session and subsequent informal chats.
    • And these cut off as soon as the conference ends.
    • Unless you have arranged for follow-up.
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    • Create a conference blog.  Give authors publication/edit rights for their work.
    • Authors may post the presentation or links to it. 
    • Q&A can go on in comments on the post or to subsequent posts by the authors.
    • Readers can search the blog for a particular author to follow that presentation.
    • Blogging in virtual worlds. How to... Summary

    Distribution of notes, references, and other material not ready for publication

    • Already done by web.  A conference blog would carry the links to everyone.

    Demonstrations, displays, and hands-on experience with instructional resources

    • Use videos and 3D displays in virtual worlds

    Informal conversations among people who recognize common interests 


    Interviews between job seekers and people with positions on offer

    VWBPE is developing as a model for future conferences

    Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) started as an annual conference. But VWBPE now also exists in social media as a continuing virtual world community for keeping up with modern educational developments.

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