Brant Knutzen, Blended Learning Consultant and Faculty of Education & Human Development at the Hong Kong Institute of Education will present for the VCARA Spring Colloquium Series on January 19 at 6:00pm Pacific time in Second Life. He will be presenting on "The Quest: Problem-based Learning for basic skills in Virtual Worlds. Second Life Orientation available for those new to Second Life on January 17th. See blog for more information.
New to Second Life? Join VCARA's Marie Vans (amvans Lapis) on Sunday, January 17, 2016 @ Noon PST for an orientation on iSchool island! In about 30 minutes, you'll learn some SL basics, visit the main buildings in VCARA, and discuss the different events and resources there.
Send email to Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org, and then meet Marie on the island: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SJSU%20SLIS/45/123/33
Can't make January 17? Send email to Marie and VCARA's team members will set up a date and time that works for you!
Virtual Worlds Guest Lecturer: Judith Cullen (RL) | Caledonia Skytower (SL), Seanchai Libraries - Library Lead
When: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 | Time: 6:00pm PST - 6:50pm PST
Location: We’ll meet at VCARA’s amphitheater on the SJSU iSchool Island at 6 p.m. SLT; then we’ll teleport to The Dickens Project for a tour and Q&A around 6:20 p.m. SLT.
For Seanchai Libraries, the Dickens Project has been part of a larger, long range vision of engaging people in literature in an active manner: promoting interpersonal interaction, the importance of stories, and celebrating the spoken word. Join Seanchai's Caledonia Skytower as she shares the history of this project, why they chose the work of Charles Dickens as a pilot point, and where the concept is going.
Marie Vans, School of Information graduate student, received 1st place in the Adult Division of the Curriculum Content Category in the International Society for Technology in Education’s annual ISTE’2015 EduMachinima Fest http://connect.iste.org/blogs/tanya-martin/2015/07/06/edumachinima-fest-2015-winners-announced. Her entry, “Catherine de Medici – St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre,” was created in fulfillment of an assignment for the LIBR 287 – Virtual Worlds: The Birth of The Renaissance in Florence course taught during the spring semester, 2013.
If you missed the 6th Annual VCARA Conference in April, you can watch the machinima of both keynotes and all the mini presentations. Visit the VCARA Videos YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe3kkzyWCmzLGBXulzn3mzg
The traveling exhibit “The Aeronauts” exhibit put together by Sere Timeless, will be on display on VCARA until the end of summer. This wonderful exhibit tells the story of the hot air balloon including the first “duel in the air” and even the hot air balloon craze that showed up in ladies fashion. Come see the wacky variations on hot air balloon design complete with oars and wings that were thought to help steer the contraption.
Our very own Jane Awesome/Kerri Keil wrote a great article on VCARA in the first issue of Archeota: “Exploring next generation archivesthrough VCARA”.
The 6th Annual VCARA Conference was held on April 21, 2015. It was well attended, which is not surprising considering the lineup of speakers.