Conference Programme, Abstracts and Papers

4th Global Conference

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Saturday 22nd March – Monday 24th March 2014
Prague, Czech Republic


The programme for the conference is available below. Delegates are listed according to the session in which they appear. Clicking on the Session Title will take you to the abstracts (where available) for that session. Each delegate is listed according to their affiliation.

Final Conference Programme

 

Saturday 22nd March 2014
From 12.30
Conference Registration

13.30
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Project Leader: Jim Gritton

14.00
Session 1: Teaching and Learning in Worlds (1)
Chair: Sue Gregory

Virtual Worlds and Serious Games
Antonio Santos

The Effects of Group Dynamics on Learning in Virtual World Environments
Liz Falconer and Mari Carmen Gil-Ortega

Virtual Villages: Networking a Global Archipelago
Karen Le Rossignol

15.30
Coffee

16.00
Session 2: Whither Virtual Worlds?
Chair: Christina DeCoursey

Teaching in Virtual Worlds: Towards the Plateau of Productivity
Clare Sansom

Mobile Accessibility of Virtual Worlds: The Second Life Experience
Paul Jerry and Nancy Tavares-Jones

The Virtual World Web: An Extension and Complement to Traditional Modes of Learning – Building an Integrated, Connected and Interactive Learning Community
Brian Shuster

 

17.30
Notices and Announcements

17.40
Wine Reception

 

Sunday 23rd March 2014
09.00
Session 3: Virtual and Augmented Reality
Chair: Paul Jerry

Next-Generation Teaching and Learning using the Virtual Theatre
Max Hoffmann

Experiential Learning Theory and Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications
Jenni Hyppölä and Héctor Martínez

STEDUS, a new educational platform for Augmented Reality applications
Héctor Martínez

10.00
Coffee

10.30
Session 4: Building Virtual Worlds
Chair: Liz Falconer

Experiencing the Harlem Renaissance: The Liberation of Virtual Harlem
Bryan Carter

Curio – Explore the Virtual World Web®
Brian Shuster

Finding the Balance between Pedagogy and Technology
John Lester

12.30
Lunch

14:00
Session 5: Exploring Spatial Learning and Spaciality in Virtual Worlds
Chair: Antonio Santos

How to Explore the “Spatialites” of the Avatars in a Virtual World? Example of the Project “Magic Ring” in Second Life
Jean-François Lucas

The Role of Video Game Experience in Spatial Learning and Memory
Hector Larios

15.00
Coffee, followed by free time for sightseeing

 

Monday 24th March 2014
09.00
Session 6: Teaching and Learning in Worlds (2)
Chair: Karen Le Rossignol

Practical Approaches to Teaching within Second Life
Ridvan Ata

Student Perceptions of Learning from a Distance through a Virtual World
Sue Gregory

Establishing Blended Learning Environments to Facilitate Collaborative Authentic Assessment
Jenny Grenfell

10.30
Coffee

11.00
Session 7: Presence and Immersion in Virtual Worlds
Chair: Nancy Tavares-Jones

Present and Accounted for: Appraising Self-Presence in Virtual Worlds, Games and Animation
Christina DeCoursey

Conversational Agents in Virtual Worlds
Bob Heller

Immersion Reconceived: New Insights from Wagner, Literature and Puppet Theatre
Jim Gritton

12.30
Lunch

14.00
Session 8: Emerging Themes and Issues
Chair: Jim Gritton

A facilitated discussion of virtual world issues raised during the conference.

15.00
Development meeting and closing remarks

15.30
Coffee

16.00
Conference Ends