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VCARA Blog

Our school hosts virtual world events as part of our Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration. Managed by Dr. Pat Franks and written by current students and alumni, this blog highlights lectures and events held on iSchool Island in Second Life, including the annual VCARA Conference. This blog also reports relevant events hosted by other education and information groups in virtual worlds. For more information about VCARA and its members, visit our website: https://sjsuvcara.weebly.com/

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VR vs VW in Education Smackdown
A Recap of the October 15th Main Event

Published: October 16, 2019 by Dr. Pat Franks

If you missed the VR / VW Smackdown, you missed not only an informative session—but quite an entertaining one. The two sparring partners—Alyse Dunavant-Jones enthusiastic about the current efforts in and possibilities for Virtual Reality in education and Bethany Winslow defending the track-record and value of experience in Virtual Worlds—did justice to their positions. By all account, the bout ended in a draw!

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Virtual Reality vs Virtual Worlds “Smackdown”
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. SLT (Pacific)

Published: October 14, 2019 by Dr. Pat Franks

Join us for a lively debate on the merits of virtual worlds and virtual reality! Our first presenter, Alyse Dunavant-Jones, argues that “VR is the future, and the future is now!” Our second presenter, Bethany Winslow, cautions that “Regardless of what VR platforms are used in the future, designers of effective immersive learning with VR must know the history of virtual worlds in education as well as have some hands-on experience in using them.” The sparing partners will be moderated by Dr. Valerie Hill, the director of the Community Virtual Library in Second Life, Avacon, and Kitely. 

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2019-2020 is the Year of Virtual Reality Exploration in VCARA

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Published: October 7, 2019 by Dr. Pat Franks

The Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration on SJSU’s iSchool Island has been hub of activity over the past 10 years. Just some of the events and activities being delivered with text and voice chat were: guest speakers, field trips, banned books exhibits, Halloween parties, Holiday balls, jousting events in Tudor Times, meet-ups at the Pub (or coffee bar for tea-totalers), conferences, and much more. Courses have been taught in this immersive environment, with many opportunities for educators to experiment with the tools that were available at the start and the many that became available over the years—including camera functions, media on a prim, and ability to customize avatars, build on the spot, transfer objects to other players.

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The Best of Archiving’19: Lisbon Recap
Presented by Dr. Marie Vans

Published: September 10, 2019 by Dr. Pat Franks

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Marie Vans, a senior research scientist with Hewlett-Packard Labs in Fort Collins, Colorado, and an iSchool alumna presented an informative and entertaining presentation recapping some of the events of the Archiving ’19 Conference held by The Society for Imaging Science & Technology at the Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo in Lisbon, Portugal.

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10th Annual VCARA Conference Schedule – 4/23/19

Published: April 20, 2019 by Alyse Dunavant-Jones

Join VCARA for our 10th Annual VCARA Conference at 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. SLT (Pacific) Tuesday, April 23, 2019! This year’s theme is inspired by Ancient Egypt: “Sands of Time: Looking Back to Move Forward.” Come dressed as yourself or in your favorite Ancient Egyptian attire.

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10th Annual VCARA Conference: April 23, 2019

10th Annual VCARA Conference Poster: Keynotes

Published: March 7, 2019 by Alyse Dunavant-Jones

Join VCARA for our 10th Annual VCARA Conference from 6pm-8:30pm SLT (Pacific) on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. This year’s theme is “Sands of Time: Looking Back to Move Forward” and will emphasize heroes and activities from VCARA’s past as well as prospects for future virtual world best practices and endeavors in both 3D and VR environments.

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10th Annual VCARA Conference: Call For Presentations

10th Annual VCARA Conference - Call for Posters

Published: January 15, 2019 by Alyse Dunavant-Jones

Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual VCARA Conference from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. SLT (Pacific) Tuesday, April 23, 2019. This year’s theme is “Sands of Time: Looking Back to Move Forward” and will emphasize heroes and activities from VCARA’s past as well as prospects for future virtual world best practices and endeavors. Submit your proposal for a 10-minute mini presentation by Monday, April 8 for one of the 10 slots available.

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Dickens Project: VCARA Reads “The Christmas Tree”

Published: November 17, 2018 by Alyse Dunavant-Jones

Join VCARA on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 6pm SLT (Pacific)  with a festive live voice reading of “The Christmas Tree”, a short story by Charles Dickens.
The reading will take place at the Community Virtual Library’s Dickens Resource Center (SL URL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA7/236/61/21) as part of Seanchai Library’s Dickens Project in Second Life.

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VCARA Lecture 11/13/18: Cybersecurity, Second Life & Real Life

Published: November 2, 2018 by Alyse Dunavant-Jones

Join VCARA on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 6 pm SLT (Pacific) for a lecture by cybersecurity specialist Erik Moore (medi Martian in Second Life).

This event will take place at the VCARA Amphitheatre on the iSchool Island in Second Life (SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SJSU%20SLIS/47/83/33).
We will also simulcast the event in Zoom for those who cannot join us in Second Life: https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/926315807

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Community Virtual Library: Call for Dickens Project Research

Published: October 23, 2018 by Alyse Dunavant-Jones

The Community Virtual Library (CVL) is now accepting proposals for its Dickens Project Resource Center in Second Life.

This annual exhibit highlights aspects of Charles Dickens and the Victorian Era. Presentation formats can vary (slideshow, poster, image, video) and can include audio and text. Additional formats (e.g. sculpture) may be welcome but must receive approval from CVL. CVL recommends that researchers keep presentations brief (5-10 slides/minutes).

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VCARA Orientations — Fall 2018

Published: July 19, 2018 by Alyse Dunavant-Jones

Join iSchool alumna and VCARA member Alyse Dunavant-Jones (Second Life avatar: alysedunavantjones) to learn Second Life basics and explore VCARA’s offerings:

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9th Annual VCARA Conference: Recap

Published: June 18, 2018 by Alyse Dunavant-Jones

On April 18, 2018, VCARA held its 9th Annual VCARA Conference on iSchool Island in Second Life. This year’s theme was Passion for Truth: Trusting Information in the Fake News Era. Attendees posted to social media during the conference using #VCARA.