Virtual Worlds Education Consortium across the Metaverse
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The Virtual Worlds Education Consortium began in January 2021 in Second Life and meets quarterly. As the metaverse expands, VWEC strives to explore evolving virtual spaces and has a VWEC Pavilion in Kitely to share resources for educators. Without collaboration and networking, newcomers in virtual worlds find it difficult to navigate to high quality immersive learning experience and often ask “where is everyone?”. Participants will discover the Virtual Word Database, VWEC Directory, and numerous educational opportunities in Kitely and other open sim environments.
Becky Adams / Elli Pinion
Dr. Becky Adams retired from University of New Mexico after thirteen years as the Director of Online Course Development & Faculty Support. As Director, she facilitated the design and delivery of UNM Online Courses for the Main Campus, ensuring quality courses and day-to-day support for online faculty. She has taught online and face to face in Higher Education for the College of Education Teacher Education & Human Sciences as well as Organization, Information and Learning Science (OI&LS). Her Ph.D. concentrated in Instructional Technologies and Educational Administration and she has been a part of the Virtual Worlds in Education community since 2007.
Kevin Feenan is the founder and president of Knomaze Corporation, an IT management consulting company, and Rockcliffe University Consortium, a professional trade association supporting collaboration and providing managed solutions for educators and institutions using virtual environments. Kevin’s 35 year career has included authoring and research in the fields of information management, business processes, education technology, and game-based learning methods.
Renee Emiko Brock / Zinnia Zauber
Renne Emiko Brock, MFA-VA, is an award winning artist, college professor, nonprofit establisher, board member, and Arts advocate empowering people to be their best virtual and tangible self by advancing excellence, exceptional pursuits, and individualism through creative expression and encouraging instruction with inspired results. The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2020 Thinkerer Award recipient and has been teaching virtual world use since 2008 primarily with Peninsula College, University of Washington, and the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life. Since 1997, she has taught fine art, color theory, transformational multimedia, digital storytelling, marketing, community building, and author of “action-packed superheroes: your guide to revealing and utilizing your superpowers”.
Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg
Valerie Hill, Director of the Community Virtual Library, is a library and information science educator with a research focus on the intersection of information literacy and global digital participatory culture. She has taught at all age levels, served as a school librarian, and is a National Writing Project trainer.