VCARA Blog: Activities and Events


Spotlight: The Prince of Whales – Traveling Exhibit

Published: November 2, 2016

Immerse yourself in Tiamat Windstorm’s study of politics, public engagement, censorship, and criticism surrounding late Georgian political humor!

Visit VCARA’s U-See-Em Building and check out the traveling exhibit “The Prince of Whales: Flawed Royalty and the Joy of Political Cartooning in the Mis-United Kingdom of George IV 1785-1830”.


VCARA Training: Creating a Virtual Quest – 11/7/16

Published: October 10, 2016

The speakers will share ways to create a quest with tips on promoting, troubleshooting, and interacting on a global scale.

Join Brant Knutzen (Blended Learning Consultant for the Education University of Hong Kong) and Dr. Valerie Hill (President of the Community Virtual Library) as they discuss how to create and host a virtual quest.


VCARA Panel Discussion – 10/18/16

Published: September 29, 2016

VCARA presents Real World Advantages Through Virtual World Experiences: Learning, Networking, e-Portfolio Building, and Interviewing.

Join Lori Bell, Alyse Dunavant-Jones, Jeni Crummey, and Marie Vans as they discuss how SJSU iSchool instructors and students have used virtual worlds to learn, teach, make connections, and even find a job!


Thursday, June 16th 5-7pm Pacific: Libraries and Librarians in Virtual Worlds Exhibit at CVL

Published: June 16, 2016

The Community Virtual Library in Second Life presents an exhibit of libraries and library work in virtual worlds during the summer of 2016. Second Life libraries, as well as libraries and library activities (museum exhibits, art galleries and educational immersive environments) in other virtual worlds, such as Kitely, Inworldz, and Opensim will be on display.


VCARA Tagline Contest

Published: February 16, 2016

We’ve got a contest for you. Submit your best tagline for the Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners!


Brant Knutzen – The Quest: PBL for basic skills in the virtual world – Tuesday, January 19, 6:00pm Pacific

Published: January 11, 2016

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.


Second Life Orientation Session

Published: December 23, 2015

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.


The Dickens Project – A model for live interactive, project based engagement [Virtual Worlds Lecture]

Published: November 19, 2015

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.