This is an archive of older VCARA posts. The current website and blog location is, but the best way to connect is by joining the SJSU iSchool VCARA Discord channel.

The iSchool has hosted educational and social virtual world events as part of our Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA) since 2009. VCARA began in our MARA Program, but is open to any interested iSchool students, faculty, or staff. Managed by Bethany Winslow (Director of Online Learning) with participation by current students, alumni, and other virtual world colleagues, the VCARA website, blog, and Discord channel highlights the activities on our region in Second Life and other locations. We also collaborate with other educators and information professionals in-world, and we explore different social virtual reality platforms with our VR Exploders Club monthly outings. Join us!



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


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.


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:


VWBPE Conference–Panel on Criteria for VR/VW

preceptor Amat

Published: March 26, 2020 by Dr. Pat Franks

This past year the VCARA team has turned their attention to comparing the capabilities of Virtual Worlds (e.g., VCARA and CVL) to social Virtual Reality (e.g., Sansar and VR Chat).

Attend the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference session, Survey Says! Developing Criteria for VR Courses, to learn of the results of our preliminary research.


VW vs VR “Smackdown” — Round 2 — YouTube
Enjoy the show!


Published: March 7, 2020 by Dr. Pat Franks

Last October, VCARA hosted a Virtual Worlds vs Virtual Reality Smackdown event that was so popular, it was taken on the road–presented as part of the OpenSimulator Community Conference (OSCC).

If you missed the events on VCARA and OSCC, you can still learn from the presenters by viewing the YouTube Video. Enjoy!


Virtual Pioneers Tour in SL
February 23 at 5 p.m. SLT - Tour of Museum Island

Published: February 16, 2020 by Dr. Pat Franks

Please join the Virtual Pioneers and John Noone (JohnNoone Resident) and Morgan Darkrose for a Tour of Museum Island.

Museum Island is an archaeological site, an artistic idea of Carlolello Zapatero an Italian artist & graphic designer. His passion for cultures and civilizations of all world, led to this creation of 3D historical and architectural art.


Tour of Nonprofit Commons Library–Fun was had by all!

Published: November 19, 2019 by Dr. Pat Franks

The Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA) and the Community Virtual Library hosted a tour of the Nonprofit Commons Resource Library in Second Life on Sunday, November 17.