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 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highlights from the Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium

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This panel will present the key take-aways from the December 1, 2018 "Mainstreaming Virtual World Learning Colloquium." More specifically, summaries of the Colloquium findings on different topics/questions will be summarized during the panel, including how educators are currently using virtual world learning simulations and how current educator use of virtual world learning simulations differ from past educator use of virtual world learning simulations. In addition, Colloquium finding summaries will include educator views on is needed to expand the use of OpenSim (and other types of 3D virtual learning simulations) and educator predictions for how OpenSim (and other types of 3D virtual learning simulations) will evolve in the next two years.

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Joyce Bettencourt

Founder, AvaCon
AvaCon, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality and 3D immersive spaces. AvaCon were organizers of 2010 in Boston & 2011 in Oakland Second Life Community Convention, the Federal Co... Read More →
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Lyr Lobo / Cynthia Calongne

Professor, Colorado Technical University
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a Professor of Doctoral Studies at CTU and in Computer Science at CCCOnline. She taught 52 university classes in virtual worlds and received the 2017 Thinkerer award from the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. Her team won the $25,000... Read More →
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Valibrarian Gregg / Valerie Hill

Directory, Community Virtual Library
Dr. Valerie Hill (Valibrarian in virtual worlds) is the director of the Community Virtual Library in Second Life and Kitely. Dr. Hill served as a school librarian for twenty years and has taught literature and information science at all grade levels from kindergarten through college... Read More →
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Crista Lopes

Professor & OpenSimulator Core Developer, University of California Irvine
Crista Lopes (Diva Canto) is professor within the Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California Irvine and a core OpenSimulator developer. She developed Hypergrid, which is a federation architecture and protocol for OpenSimulator virtual worlds that supports the seamless transfer of avatar... Read More →
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Kay McLennan

Director of Online Learning & Educational Technologies, Tulane University
Dr. Kay McLennan is the Director of Online Learning & Educational Technologies at the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement, where Kay holds the title of Sr. Professor of Practice. Kay created the Tulane SoPA Metaverse and has been creating and using virtual world learning... 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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Andrew Stricker

Instructional Architect, The Air University
Dr. Andrew Stricker serves Air University by helping to design, develop, and implement advanced and emerging learning technologies into Air Force educational and professional military education programs. Prior to his arrival to Air University Andrew served Vanderbilt University as... Read More →
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Barbara Truman

Graduate faculty member & simulation researcher, University of Central Florida
Dr. Barbara Truman serves as a Strategic Advisor for Immersive Learning & Collaboration in the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training in Orlando. At UCF, Barbara founded an award-winning department representing Online@UCF. Her background is in Instructional... Read More →
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Rachel Umoren

Asst Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington
Dr. Rachel Umoren is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington where her research focus is in virtual simulations for pediatric training in local and global settings.

Saturday December 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/