The Symposium featured lively, interactive presentations by three inspiring leaders in the field of virtual education:
- Lyr Lobo (Dr. Cynthia Calongne, Professor and Chair of Emerging Media at
Colorado Technical University) - Lyr presented strategies and resources
for gaming in education. Many of Lyr's recent presentations can be
viewed at http://www.slideshare.net/lyrlobo/presentations.
- Diantha Petrov (Lori Wahl, Instructor of Clothing, Textiles and Design
at the University of Idaho Consultant) - Diantha spoke about successes
and strategies with Second Life for distance education, and disccussed
future ideas and the challenges of creating immersive learning environments.
- Spiff Whitfield (Andrew M. Wheelock, K-12 Educator, Leader in the International Society for Technology in Education's Special Interest Group for Virtual Edication, and Founder of Virtual Pioneers) - Spiff shared his adventures as a "Virtual Pioneer,"visiting historical sims and reimagining how history can be taught in virtual worlds. A video of his recent keynote address at the 2013 Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference is accessible at http://youtu.be/XutJqb5F9QQ
In addition to the stimulating presentations, Florian Blaisdale hosted a trivia game with linden cash prizes for attendees in the Game Tent outside the Library. The Symposium came to a sparkling conclusion with dancing to beautiful music provided by FSU's own Dhrua (Dr. Sally Stephenson, Associate Professor of Education Professions).
The Virtual Expanses Conference on FSU's Second Life BobCat Islands was an astounding success, but just wait until next semester!