OpenSimulator Community Conference 2018 - December 8 - 9, 2018

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software. Organized by AvaCon, the virtual conference features presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and community social events and tours across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.

More info at http://conference.opensimulator.org and to register, go to https://oscc18.eventbrite.com
Community social events can be scheduled on dates leading up to the conference on Saturday 12/8/18, after 7PM PDT on Sunday 12/9/18, or in the following days. Submit your community event for us to add to this conference schedule.
Events taking place Saturday, Dec 8, and Sunday, Dec 9 will be live simulcast streamed to https://gaming.youtube.com/c/AvaconOrg/live

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Saturday, December 8 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
CHALLENGING GOLIATH: Bringing Virtual Reality into Higher Education

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Challenged to set a vision for technology usage and to create a community within 100% online graduate programs at SUNY/Empire State College, several faculty members began working in 2006 within the college’s Second Life islands. In 2013, the college instituted the Master of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technology (MALET) program, however, the institutional support for the Second Life islands was dwindling. Fortunately, the cost-effectiveness and rapidity of development of open-simulator virtual-reality (VR) environments, came to the rescue. Chronicling the growing use of VR environments, we will highlight how these environments have served for meetings, shared experiences, learning development, and community building. We also created an elective course on VR development and over 30 students have created their own immersive VR learning environments; several students will note their work. This semester, the MALET program piloted its first immersive residency on our own VR islands focusing on the topics of augmented and virtual realities, reinforced by the immersive nature of the very conference itself. Furthermore, since spring 2018, we have initiated a progressive, ongoing think-tank about the vision and the challenges facing the integration of true emerging technologies into learning environments, countering the often narrowly focused educational technology programs.

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Salie Davis

Salie Davis has been an educator for 20 years working with home schooled children, private schools, and special needs. I have degrees in creative marketing, media communications and am presently completing a masters degree in learning in emerging technologies with a certificate in... Read More →
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Cheryl Moore

Financial Capability Educator, SEFCU
Cheryl Moore is a master’s candidate in learning and emerging technologies (MALET) from Empire State College. Moore is employed as a financial educator at SEFCU, a New York State credit union, where she works with individuals served by non-profit organizations, schools, as well... Read More →
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Eileen O'Connor

Associate Professor, SUNY / Empire State College
Drs. Eileen O’Connor and Nicola Marae Allain are both associate professors at SUNY/Empire State College working in learning and emerging technologies within the Masters of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies (MALET) program. Eileen also specializes in STEM (science, technology... Read More →
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Al Ritondo

Adjunct Professor, Union County College
Al Ritondo has written, produced and directed hundreds of corporate video presentations, as well as teaching video production techniques at associations, conventions, and trade shows and through podcasts.Always embracing the entrepreneurial spirit with his work, he pioneered the production... Read More →
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Nicola Marae Allain / Ragitake Takakura

Associate Professor, SUNY / Empire State College
Dr. Nicola Marae Allain is an associate professor at SUNY/Empire State College working in learning and emerging technologies within the Masters of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies (MALET) program.

Saturday December 8, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm PST
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/