Virtual Worlds Education Consortium across the Metaverse
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.
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.