VCARA Blog: Activities and Events


VCARA Blog: Activities and Events

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VCARA New Website & Blog Location

Published: October 31, 2023 by Bethany Winslow

VCARA collage of images

From being part of Second Life’s 20th birthday celebration, to exploring new virtual worlds with the VR Exploders, keep up with all the latest happenings with the Virtual Center for Archives & Records Administration (VCARA).  

Learn more about what we do, how to get started, and follow our social media by visiting our new website and blog -


VR Exploders Visit EngageVR

Published: June 18, 2021 by Bethany Winslow

The Exploders gang met June 18, 2021, for another adventure! This time we went back to EngageVR. (The last time we had been there was March of 2020.)


Join us April 25 at the Fantasy Faire in Second Life
Literary Festival with Storytelling and Dramatic Performances, Discussions, and more

Published: April 23, 2021 by Dr. Pat Franks

Join the members of the Community Virtual Library (CVL) and SJSU iSchool’s Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA) on Sunday, April 25, for a reading of two of our favorite fairy tales:

  • The Ugly Duckling, a literary fairy tale written by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Anderson;
  • The Twelve Dancing Princesses, a German fairy tale collected and published by the Brothers Grimm.

XR: Bridging the Gap Research Symposium Recap

Published: October 25, 2020 by Dr. Pat Franks

The first annual research symposium was held October 24, 2020, in the XR Research Center, a part of the Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration on SJSU’s iSchool island in Second Life.

Keynote presenter, Dr. Donna Z. Davis, shared her thoughts on the promise and challenges ahead for those seeking to use virtual reality in a way that promotes equity and inclusion (figure 1).  

Figure 1. Keynote presentation: The Canyon Crossing: XR and inaccessibility.


XR Bridging the Gap Research Symposium 10/24/20
Meet the Keynotes

Published: October 17, 2020 by Dr. Pat Franks

Symposium 9 a.m. – 12 noon SLT (Pacific) | Keynotes 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Donna Z. Davis, PhD 
Donna Z. Davis, PhD, APR / Tredi Felisimo in SL
Associate Professor and Director
Strategic Communication Master’s Program
Oregon Reality (OR) Lab
University of Oregon
School of Journalism * Communication | Portland


XR: Bridging the Gap Research Symposium
Hosted by the VCARA, iSchool Island, Second Life

Published: September 9, 2020 by Dr. Pat Franks

Plan now to attend the XR: Bridging the Gap Research Symposium on October 24, 2020, from 9 a.m. to noon SLT (Pacific Time).

Venue: VCARA’s XR Research Center in SL

The goal of this symposium is to provide a venue for members of Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality communities to share accomplishments and challenges and to learn from one another.


Virtual Worlds Sept. 5 MOOC Event Recap

VCARA Landing Spot

Published: September 6, 2020 by Dr. Pat Franks

Marie Vans (iSchool alumna), Bethany Winslow (SJSU eCampus instructional designer), and Dr. Pat Franks (MARA program coordinator) hosted a tour of VCARA and an overview of the upcoming XR Symposium on Saturday, September 5. 


Virtual Worlds MOOC Event – Sat., Sept. 5, 2020

Published: September 4, 2020 by Dr. Pat Franks

You are invited to attend two SJSU events on Saturday, September 5, 2020. 

The first event takes place in ZOOM. Details follow:

Saturday September 5
8:30 a.m. SLT; 11:30 a.m. Eastern
Newbies in Second Life Meetup