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OpenSimulator Community Conference 2016 

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software. Organized as a joint production by Core Developers of OpenSimuator and AvaCon, the virtual conference features presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.

More info at: http://conference.opensimulator.org and to register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opensimulator-community-conference-2016-registration-28824725530 

Events taking place Saturday, Dec 10, and Sunday Dec 11 will be live simulcast streamed to https://gaming.youtube.com/c/AvaconOrg/live

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Saturday, December 10
 

8:00am

Games Used In Engaging Virtual Environments for Realtime Language Education
Applying language games in virtual worlds has been the objective of a teacher training initiative by the Italian Ministry of Education in Edmondo in OpenSimulator. Language educators from all over Italy learned to build, script and design communication activities and games which will be showcased in this presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Letizia Cinganotto

Letizia Cinganotto

PhD, Researcher, INDIRE
Letizia Cinganotto is a full time Researcher at INDIRE (National Institute for Documentation, Innovation and Educational Research), Rome. She holds a BA in Foreign language Teaching, MA in e-Learning and multimedia Learning and in Moodle, and PhD in Linguistics on Clil (Content and... Read More →
avatar for Heike Philp

Heike Philp

CEO, let's talk online sprl
Heike Philp is CEO of let’s talk online sprl is an edtech and immersive learning integration specialist. Philp co-initiated four European funded projects on teaching and learning a language in real-time at a distance: LANCELOT (LANguage learning with CErtified Live Online Teachers), AVALON (Access... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

8:30am

Exploring Creativity in OpenSimulator - The Digital Art Museum
This presentation will highlight how OpenSimulator Virtual Environments can be used for creating art and architecture. Student work and teacher perspectives will be showcased.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Howard

Mary Howard

Teacher, Grand Island Central Schools
Mary Howard, Mrs. HowardMary Howard is a 6th Grade Teacher at Grand Islands Veronica Connor Middle School. She is a recent finalist for the NY State Teacher of the Year in 2017. She has also won the NYSCATE Educator of the Year Award. Her Blog YourSmarticles showcases her amazing... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Wheelock

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator, Erie ! BOCES
Andrew Wheelock (Spiff Whitfield) is a Technology Integrator at Erie 1 BOCES/WNYRIC.Recently, awarded with the Outstanding New York State Technology Leader Award, and previously served as the Chairperson of ISTE's SIGVE (Now VEN) Group from 2011-2013.I collaborate with teachers using... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

10:30am

Building to Understand: Crown Street Station
Liverpool Crown Street station is frequently identified as the earliest archetype for the railway stations of the present day but its life was short (1830-1836) and no visual record remains apart from general maps and a few sketches invariably made from the same perspective. The OpenSimulator model attempts to recreate a working station compatible with available evidence from other locations as well as Crown Street itself. The presentation reimagines the excitement of a first journey on this revolutionary new form of transport.

Speakers
avatar for Graham Mills

Graham Mills

Semi-retired academic keeping busy as part-time builder/scripter on the Kitely grid. Interested in biology and history. Recent work-in-progress build Micrographia covers the life of Robert Hooke, publication of the eponymous book, the Great Plague and some of the science behind... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

1:30pm

Spanish Language Learning at Escape: Using Virtual Worlds to Teach Language
Join us for a tour of Escape where you will find a variety of locations that present authentic language learning opportunities. While strolling through the plaza or investigating the old pyramid, you will encounter NPCs with whom you can casually converse about targeted vocabulary and grammar topics. Learning objects, embedded throughout the environment, take students through the process of attaining knowledge, practicing that knowledge and finally assessing their learning in an engaging and innovative format.

Speakers
avatar for James Abraham

James Abraham

Faculty, Glendale Community College
James Abraham, El ProfesorJames T. Abraham, Ph.D. has been working in virtual worlds since 2006. As Calisto Encinal in Second Life, he created Mi casa es su casa, an immersive, interactive Mexican village with realistic buildings and over 25 learning activities. For the last several... Read More →
avatar for Martha Eugenia Lino

Martha Eugenia Lino

Academic Director, Escape
Spanish teacher. Owner of the Educational project "Spanish with Eugenia". Teaching in México and the metaverse.Eugenia shares her knowledge and love of her native country, Mexico, with her students in the virtual world. She also serves as Academic Director and creates rich cultural... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

4:00pm

Exploring Conflict Resolution in Virtual Environments
Conflict resolution is essential to effective team performance. Teams can practice communication and conflict resolution skills using tools deployed in virtual environments. We will discuss a case study for teaching nursing students how to manage conflict and explore strategies for engaging teams and evaluating team performance in virtual settings.

Speakers
avatar for Evalyn Gossett

Evalyn Gossett

Clinical Assistant Professor, Indiana University Northwest
Evalyn Gossett, RN, MSN is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing, Gary, Indiana. Her interests are in using online and virtual environments for interprofessional education.
avatar for Shruti Patel

Shruti Patel

research intern, Neonatal Education & Simulation-Based Training (NEST) program at the University of Washington
Ms. Shruti Patel is a research intern with the Neonatal Education & Simulation-Based Training (NEST) program at the University of Washington and a Pre-Med student (Class of 2019) at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is an ALD & PES Honor Society Member.
avatar for Rachel Umoren

Rachel Umoren

Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Rachel Umoren, Rachel GloeduRachel A. Umoren, MB, BCh, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Director of Immersive Learning for the UW Neonatal Education and Simulation-Based Training Program. Her research interests... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/
 
Sunday, December 11
 

7:00am

Virtual Robotics: Creating, Collaborating and Constructionist Learning in a Virtual World
The Educational Robotics for STEM project, funded by the European Commission, aims to develop a continuous framework for the design of educational robotics activities for all children aged 7-18, both in and out-of-school, regardless of current interest in STEM subjects. In this presentation we explore the development of virtual robots (SLurtles) and the virtual environment in which children will explore, test and extend their understanding of mathematics and programming, through collaborative, constructionist learning activities. The research aims to explore the potential of virtual worlds for providing an alternative robotics experience for children by examining the creations, collaboration and learning that goes on in both the physical and virtual learning environments.

Speakers
avatar for Carina Girvan

Carina Girvan

Lecturer, Cardiff University
Dr Carina Girvan / Sleepy Littlething is an academic at Cardiff University and co-editor of the British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET). Interested in new technologies and the design of pedagogically informed learning experiences, she has been actively researching the... Read More →
avatar for John  Lester

John Lester

Immersive Learning and Virtual Worlds/VR/AR Designer
As a self-employed independent consultant and contractor, I'm currently working on Product Design at Achievement Network, an education nonprofit that helps schools boost student learning with teaching that’s grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices... Read More →


Sunday December 11, 2016 7:00am - 7:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

7:30am

Remote-Controlling OpenSimulator
Exploring a little-known OpenSimulator module developed by Mic Bowman, and recently improved by Crista Lopes, allows developers to control OpenSim scenes externally, via Perl and Python scripts. Crista will explain what this module is capable of, and how to use it to develop highly dynamic 3D applications bypassing the scripting engine.

Speakers
avatar for Crista Lopes

Crista Lopes

Professor & OpenSimulator Developer, University of California Irvine
Crista Lopes (Diva Canto) is professor within the Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California Irvine and a core OpenSimulator developer. She developed Hypergrid, which is a federation architecture and pro... Read More →


Sunday December 11, 2016 7:30am - 8:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

8:30am

Gamify Virtual Learning
Join Dr. Larysa Nadolny in a discussion of how to use the motivating and engaging features of games in designing a learning activity in the virtual world. She will give examples on how to use challenges, leaderboards, easter eggs and more!

Speakers
avatar for Larysa Nadolny

Larysa Nadolny

Associate Professor, Iowa State University
Dr. Larysa Nadolny is an assistant professor in the Iowa State University School of Education (SOE) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) associated faculty member. Her publications include research on motivation and achievement in virtual worlds, augmented reality, and game-based... Read More →



Sunday December 11, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/