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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

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Recap of VR Exploders Meeting in VRChat

Published: September 22, 2020 by Dr. Pat Franks

On the third Friday of each month, members of the VR Exploders Group (no, that’s not a typo) explore a different virtual reality platform. Last week, on September 18, 2020, they met up in VRChat to compare notes on the experience.

Since a 2019 survey of users of both Virtual Reality and Virtual Worlds revealed that 64% of respondents want a platform to encourage educational purposes (not predominantly social/gaming), the group keep the education use of the platform foremost in their minds.

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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. 

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iRLN 2020 intro to VCARA & CVL

Published: June 27, 2020 by Dr. Pat Franks

Bethany Winslow welcomed visitors to the VCARA/CVL Showcase at the iRLN Conference with a video greeting.

She is speaking from the VCARA XR Research Lab on the iSchool island. If you’d like to visit in Second Life, contact Dr. Pat Franks for an appointment and/or instructions.

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Recap VCARA Spring 2020 VR Field Trip

Published: April 4, 2020 by Dr. Pat Franks

Time travel in Virtual Worlds is so much easier and faster than in real life–and thankfully we don’t have to worry about social distancing!

Friday, April 3–in only one hour–the “Friends of VCARA” visited:

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Spotlight: VCARA Student Resource Center

Published: September 15, 2016

Newbies and veterans alike can find helpful resources at the VCARA Student Resource Center on iSchool Island in Second Life.

You’ve created a Second Life account–taken the brave leap, downloaded a viewer, logged in, and explored iSchool Island.

Your navigation is a little wobbly, your avatar isn’t quite what you’d like, and you’re struggling with Second Life’s learning curve.

VCARA can help!

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Spotlight Interview – Albert “Skip” Rizzo

Published: April 27, 2015

Albert “Skip” Rizzo

Director for Medical Virtual Reality — Institute for Creative Technologies

Research Professor — USC Davis School of Gerontology –USC Keck School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Written by: Jennifer Christensen