december, 2019

20dec3:00 pm4:30 pmCVL Art Gallery: Friends of the Library Selfie Portraits Activity and Holiday Party3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Event Details

Join the Community Virtual Library and help us beta test our first OER immersive activity! The activity itself is the creation of a selfie portrait for our Friends of the Library wall in our Gallery. The activity, however, has been designed as an Open Educational Resource (OER) that could be easily implemented to engage your visitors or attendees at an event on your own grid. The idea is, having pre-built instructions and resources to give your participants, so they can get hands-on with an easy building project, will make attending an in-world event ever more fun and engaging.
At this event, we’ll walk participants through the process and share the related OER resources. While visitors to this specific immersive activity are already likely to be somewhat experienced with doing something like this, it’s actually intended for people who have never built anything. The OER materials we’ll share are also designed walk an event organizer through the necessary steps in the hopes that these materials make it easy for anyone to replicate this activity with their participants at their own event.


(Friday) 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Speakers for this event

  • Bethany Winslow / Bethany Winslow

    Bethany Winslow / Bethany Winslow

    SJSU Instructional Designer

    Bethany Winslow is a volunteer with the Community Virtual Library, and an instructional designer at San Jose State University. Her areas of interest include instructional design & training, digital citizenship & literacy, the open source movement & crowd-sourced knowledge (wiki), the Creative Commons, and any other forms of radical collaboration that are disrupting traditional education and access to information. Bethany regularly attends or presents at virtual world events, but she also attends physical world conferences to promote exciting things educators are doing in-world. She finds that despite widespread excitement about virtual reality, many educators have almost no knowledge of the long history of virtual worlds in education. She believes that those who are currently engaged in virtual world exploration will be the most prepared to design effective immersive learning experiences in any of the virtual reality platforms that emerge in the future. Her personal mission is to learn more about VR and VW by doing, and to motivate others to do the same. In 2019 she presented two posters (Immersive Learning Research Network Conference and the CSU Makerspace Convening) illustrating how virtual worlds are accessible, global, environmentally sustainable digital makerspaces where educators can find a vibrant community of practice.


    SJSU Instructional Designer

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