We are conducting a survey to better serve you! So, we were wondering if you attended any VCARA events this semester? Then, we want to hear from you and get some feedback. Please take this survey so that we can make VCARA even better for future students! We appreciate and thank you for your time.
The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference on April 9 was great!
Pat Franks gave a talk about VCARA in the lovely Roman amphitheater. This was followed by a tour to the Italian Village where Lori Bell spoke. Marie Vans gave a great presentation about buildings that students make for the Florence class. The students did an amazing job constructing their projects for their characters. Lastly, we ended up back at the museum to see what past students have made. The presenters were great and informative. Kudos to all!
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
You are cordially invited to the Renaissance Festival on SLIS Island April 25-26. Activities begin today at 10:00 PST. Everything is free! There are informative exhibits, there will be presentations, and of course lots of fun. View the event schedule: http://sjsu-slis-virtual-worlds.spruz.com/events.htm?a=&act=view-event&g....
This month’s spotlight interview is with Valibrarian. Valibrarian participates in multiple virtual worlds beyond Second Life including: Sococo, Jibe, and OpenSim. You can find her at the “Community Virtual Library and University of Washington” (SLurl: http://bit.ly/1lxC04M)
Coming up on April 7 is another great lecture in Second Life. John Lester will be presenting on finding a balance between pedagogy and technology. He will be discussing how different virtual world platforms are suited for different needs. This lecture will be presented on SLIS Island in the VCARA amphitheater. Also upcoming Lori Bell’s Virtual Worlds Florence Renaissance class will be presenting a renaissance fair with presentations, displays and other great events. If you are interested in attending these events but are new to Second Life we are once again offering orientation sessions. Student assistants Sarah Fihe and Faylene Keep are offering three orientation sessions in the next week to help anyone that is interested. All times indicated are in Second Life time (SLT) which is the same as Pacific Time.
In case you missed your fellow students participating in the Spring Colloquia: The Student Learning Experience in Second Life: A Panel Discussion [Virtual Worlds Lecture], it was reviewed by the co-chair of the ACRL-Virtual Worlds Interest Group in Second Life, Joe Floyd. He is the Associate Librarian at the University of South Florida. Joe is also the university’s resident Second Life guru and is known as Joe Cupola in Second Life. You can read his review here: http://acrl-vwig.blogspot.com/2014/03/san-jose-state-university-colloquia.html
The Spring Colloquia presentation The Student Learning Experience in Second Life: A Panel Discussion [Virtual Worlds Lecture] was a success! Marie Vans (amvans.Lapis), Chris Nelson (Snow Scarmon), Sarah Walker (Veronica Gambara), and Sarah Fihe (Sarah Bookworm) did a fabulous job presenting. Great job everyone!
If you missed the Dr. Carter’s presentation, Liberating Virtual Harlem [Virtual Worlds Lecture], you can watch it here:
Looking for a way to gain conference experience without the cost of having to travel? Present a poster at the Fifth Annual VCARA Conference on May 20, 2014!
The Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA) of San Jose
State University is sponsoring our fifth annual conference on Access through Preservation and Documentation in the virtual meeting and learning spaces on SLIS Island. The aim of this conference is to touch on topics relating to protecting our access and preservation.
It is nearly spring and right after that is summer! So, now is a good time to start thinking about the summer courses you would like to take. There are two exciting courses that will be offered through Second Life this summer and fall.