EVO Minecraft MOOC for 2021 kicks off with a playdate event at VWMOOC20

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On Sunday, September 20 at the usual Weekly Webheads Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar time of 1200 UTC, a group of adventurous miners about to restart EVO Minecraft MOOC for it’s 7th year of meaningful play as a session in Electronic Village Online 2021 met in Minecraft and in Zoom in order to participate in the annual Virtual Worlds MOOC, VWMOOC20.

This is Nellie’s rendition of our session: https://youtu.be/kp4UDcT3FTw

From her playlist at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8JUcjyABKxmbwi5hMdBtyIakQ7aDvD2L

The EVO Minecraft MOOC participants were, in alphabetical order
Beth O’Connell (Beth Ghostraven), Don Carroll (Abu Fletcher), Jane Chien (Jane Chien), Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro), Kim Harrison (K4sons), Laura Briggs (Sura), and Vance and Bobbi Stevens (Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear)

The event was hosted by Nellie Deutsch as part of her Virtual Worlds MOOC taking place with 1 or more events held almost daily on each day of the the entire month of September, 2020. Here is where we fit in that program:


The full schedule for the MOOC and recordings of events available at the playlist are both linked below:

  1. Presentations https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ew-wl9hai5JcMDMxDzhjICell7N4pb4JWClr0JJk75U/edit?usp=sharing
  2. YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8JUcjyABKxmbwi5hMdBtyIakQ7aDvD2L 

Our event was called MOOCing about with EVO Minecraft MOOC 2021

EVO is Electronic Village Online http://evosessions.org. Come experience a playdate with the denizens of EVOMC21 as we poke about on our server and talk you through what we’ve been doing here for the past 6 years and what it means for educators and students, and their children, when they engage creatively in meaningful play in Minecraft, 

Vance had proposed a visit to a jungle river temple. I had no idea if it had been looted or not, but here is what we hoped to find when we got there https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Jungle_pyramid. This one turned out to have be partially recreated. It was certainly sterilized (Laura visited beforehand and reported that the trip wires had been dismantled). I snapped these screenshots on my own reconnoiter visit there.



Still it made an interesting destination. Getting there was half the fun, and the iterative processes of discovery, incessant collaborative problem solving, and conversation along the way are among the essential benefits of Minecraft in Education.

After we had explored the temple, we /warped to a woodland mansion which had spawned algorithmically in Minecraft, though it too had been explored and cleared of its characteristic mobs found only in untamed woodland mansions in Minecraft. If you stumble upon an undisturbed one, this is what you would find 
(see https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Woodland_Mansion).

Someone had placed a nether portal outside the mansion so we all entered into a dark underworld lit with lava flows and populated with feisty piglins.

We exited there via a second portal back to the “overworld” and found ourselves not far from the woodland mansion, which itself was on the outer perimeter our known map in Minecraft.

Here is my own Zoom recording of this event:

This Zoom recorded video at https://youtu.be/ujGBaroJhps?t=413
starts in earnest at 6 minutes 53 seconds


There was an EVOMC21 rehearsal for VWMOOC20 on Fri 18 Sept noon UTC

Information about the rehearsal was posted at our Facebook page 

All were invited to join us in Zoom and on the EVO Minecraft MOOC server later that day at noon UTC, or simply join us in Zoom (without Minecraft) and that we would stream if from Zoom onto our FB page.

This was the recording of the rehearsal streamed onto Facebook:

Keep in mind that

  • this was a rehearsal and it took us over 12 minutes to work through Zoom + Minecraft issues
  • Plus we had to literally ‘wait out the clock’ while night turned into day on the server
  • We didn’t have beds and none of us had the admin powers needed to reset the game clock to morning

After that it’s rather entertaining.

I wasn’t able to embed the facebook link here (it left a message that either the video was not available or I had no permission to view it, neither of which were true) so I recorded it in Camtasia (minus the initial 12 minutes of wheel spinning) and uploaded this video to YouTube, https://youtu.be/_gkIIs1iCuI


Zoom Chat Logs

20:00:58 From Donald Carroll : That’s not how I do it on my MAC.
20:01:31 From Beth O’Connell : Hi Jane!
20:01:53 From Donald Carroll : When I click on screen share, there is a button that says “share computer screen”
20:02:25 From Nan Zingrone : Hi guys!
20:02:35 From Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro) : Hello
20:02:51 From Beth O’Connell : Hi Nitro!
20:03:00 From Beth O’Connell : Hi Nan!
20:03:12 From Nan Zingrone : hey! good morning!
20:03:32 From Donald Carroll : Go back to the beginning.
20:03:40 From Beth O’Connell : Nellie, maybe share your screen and show Vance what to do?
20:04:01 From Nan Zingrone : at the top
20:06:07 From Donald Carroll : Can you open up this discussion to everyone???
20:06:44 From Beth O’Connell : I can share my screen
20:06:49 From Beth O’Connell : I can’t unmute myself
20:07:37 From Beth O’Connell : hello, can someone tell Nellie I’m trying to talk to her in chat?
20:08:04 From Nan Zingrone : Nellie can you unmute Beth for a second?\
20:08:17 From Nan Zingrone : Beth would like to say something to Nellie
20:08:45 From Nan Zingrone : Nellie Beth can share her screen for you. Check the chat
20:09:17 From Nan Zingrone : yes
20:09:58 From Nan Zingrone : thanks Nellie
20:10:26 From Donald Carroll : PLEASE UNMUTE THE MIKES!
20:11:43 From Peter Omal : yes
20:11:53 From Beth O’Connell : yes but we’re all muted
20:11:56 From Jane Chien : we can hear you
20:12:01 From Laura Briggs : yes, I can hear Vance and Nellie
20:12:10 From Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro) : I hear you on Zoom
20:12:10 From minnie : I can hear you
20:12:52 From Nan Zingrone : wow is that fast!
20:13:02 From Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro) : no
20:14:10 From Jane Chien : Can you unmute Don’s mic, I think he’d like to speak
20:14:28 From Jane Chien : We can’t unmute ourselves
20:14:32 From Jane Chien : no permission
20:14:32 From Beth O’Connell : there’s no voice in Minecraft; we usually use Discord for sound, but we can use Zoom if you unmute us
20:15:03 From Jane Chien : we’re muted by the host in zoom
20:15:26 From minnie : yea
20:17:14 From Nan Zingrone : Vance is a co-host and can mute you all himself, Beth.
20:17:47 From Nan Zingrone : unmute I meant
20:17:55 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : It’s Ok. I can do help out. That’s fine.
20:23:41 From Jane Chien : yap
20:23:44 From Jane Chien : go on without me
20:27:38 From Jane Chien : my connection is not stable
20:28:35 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Can you give an example of “thinking” involved in the game? Is it a coding thing?
20:30:28 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Oh, so I guess “staying alive” is the “thinking” part.
20:32:04 From c chee : cannot hear anything I can see video
20:32:30 From Jane Chien : When we’re in-world, we’re constantly having to problem solve all the time. We need to build and create from scratch. Some players like to explore, and for that we need to be able to navigate in word using coordinates.
20:35:51 From Jane Chien : Some players love to create with a team of people. Dak was building a pyramid and he’s taught me how to build a ship.
20:37:28 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Thank you, Jane.
20:38:10 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : if you cannot hear, please reload the ZOOM meeting
20:40:38 From Nan Zingrone : How does this fit into a curriculum? That’s not clear. What are students actually learning?
20:40:47 From Nan Zingrone : that would be cool to know about.

Chien, Y. (2019). The language of massively multiplayer online gamers: A study of vocabulary in Minecraft gameplay. TESL-EJ, 23(3), 1-16. http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej91/int.pdf. Also available: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume22/ej91/ej91int/

20:41:55 From minnie : bchee@yahoo.com
20:42:52 From Beth O’Connell : students learn collaboration, too–more soft skills than actual curriculum objectives
20:43:09 From minnie : would anyone invite chee, thank you
20:44:06 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Yes, I agree with Nan. I would like more specific examples. If I had to sell “minecraft” to my school (young learners), what would I say?
20:44:55 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : It reminds me of video games where you can create and fight.
20:47:37 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Nice
20:48:10 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : How do you do it for ELL?
20:49:10 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I guess the problem solving and learning is the experience itself.
20:50:13 From Nan Zingrone : so there are things that need to be completed by using higher order mathematics?
20:50:22 From Nan Zingrone : Myst seemed to be very good for teaching math?
20:50:48 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Yes, it seems to be “task-based”. Solving the “tasks”.
20:51:05 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : How to get from A to Z without getting killed.
20:52:03 From Jane Chien : Mattie says dig straight down 🙂
20:52:27 From Nan Zingrone : It may just be that they are exploring through the world without having a purpose to discuss. I remember a Minecraft course in an early MOOC in which the teacher was showing how her grade school students learning about growing food, and markets for food and all that kind of thing, so the presentation was more curriculum oriented, instead of just walking around showing us the interface.
20:52:50 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : This is probably great for people with cognitive issues, and maybe, early onset of Alzheimer
20:53:10 From Beth O’Connell : Nan, at VSTE Minecraft Mondays we often show curriculum based lesson ideas
20:53:29 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Thank you, Beth.

Here is an example of a VSTE recording of students raising turtles at a turtle farm in Minecraft from Tue, Feb 5, 2019 – EVO Minecraft MOOC visits East Coast Miners for VSTE Minecraft Monday, hosted by Kim Harrison

20:54:09 From Beth O’Connell : there are LOTS of lesson type ideas on the Internet for Minecraft, too, plus Minecraft: Education Edition is set up for that; e.g. Minecraft: Education Edition Lessons and Subject Kits: https://education.minecraft.net/class-resources/lessons

20:54:15 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Minecraft could be very therapeutic.
20:54:43 From Beth O’Connell : Nellie, yes, I’ve spent a lot of time in MC just roaming around and exploring
20:54:49 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I have Minecraft Education. I’ve had an account for a long time, but never really got into it.
20:55:42 From Beth O’Connell : MinecraftEDU is the old version, Nellie, is that what you have?

Laura posted this in response to Nellie on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/evomc

20:55:47 From Nan Zingrone : That would be great presentation for next year, something that is more education oriented as opposed to relaxation and collaboration for the educators.
20:56:13 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I think I upgraded it after Microsoft bought it. I have two accounts.
20:56:27 From Jane Chien : MinecraftEDU’s got a lot of well designed built in curriculum for math, science, digital literacy, language arts, etc.
20:56:29 From Nan Zingrone : Or a tour that has more information about how people would use it for various types of education
20:56:36 From Nan Zingrone : that would be great for next year
20:56:37 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Support is a lot better since MS bought it.
20:57:01 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Definitely, Nan
20:57:11 From Nan Zingrone : 🙂
20:58:25 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I guess you could create a collaborative story with activities.
20:59:15 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : You can generate games. Can you do that in SL or VW?
20:59:23 From Nan Zingrone : that would be an interesting use, construction a narrative, building a story, that would help with language arts and language learning

An example appeared just days later, when Laura met with Jane’s EFL students on the server and learned how village economies work and how villagers take on their various roles in village life.


Village life was the topic of the most recent VSTE Minecraft Monday event, where is can be seen how villagers gravitate to their different jobs; archived, with video, here: https://learning2gether.net/2020/09/15/crafting-connections-for-cottage-communities-at-vste-minecraft-monday-14-sept-2020/

20:59:29 From Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro) : me
20:59:30 From Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro) : ;p
20:59:59 From c chee : I have created karaoke songs, there is diction, etc.if you want to see email me: bchee@yahoo.com
21:00:41 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Minnie, can you access Minecraft in China?
21:00:43 From Nan Zingrone : interesting Mr Chee!
21:01:40 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : @c chee can you create speech (audio) in Minecraft?
21:06:03 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Any questions???
21:06:49 From Nan Zingrone : Beth, the session ends at 9am. Can we wrap this up? Nellie is asking whether or not we can close down the session?
21:07:01 From Dr. Nellie Deutsch to Vance Stevens (Privately) : Vance, we’ve gone overtime. Do you want to wrap up?
21:07:54 From minnie : no, I can’t access Minecraft here.
21:09:19 From Nan Zingrone : Yes you can in SEcond Life, we’ve had a number of presentations over the years. Some of Greg’s work, Speedrunner’s quest.
21:09:31 From Nan Zingrone : But people do build gamification within Second Life.
21:10:08 From c chee : youtube, search: han chee
21:10:26 From Nan Zingrone : I don’t see any reason to have death be part of the game, or monsters etc.
21:10:43 From Nan Zingrone : That’s personal, I think this is kind of clunky
21:10:54 From Peter Omal : SL is the best
21:10:55 From Nan Zingrone : I’d rather be in something more realistic..
21:10:59 From Nan Zingrone : And it’s educational use
21:11:12 From c chee : I am making videos using cellphone
21:11:31 From Nan Zingrone : Mr Chee your work sounds fascinating!
21:11:36 From Nan Zingrone : thank you guys
21:11:38 From Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro) : Thanks 😉
21:11:48 From minnie : ok
21:11:55 From minnie : cool
21:11:59 From Jaroslaw Maciejewski (Nitro) : bye bye

Vance’s note:  I was multitasking heavily during this session and was not following the text chat. My apologies after the fact, but I was not aware that we had a time limit. Other sessions I have attended in VWMOOC20 have gone on well beyond an hour, and I just assumed we had as long as people wanted to hear from us. 

Some recommended reading

Kuhn, J. and Stevens, V. (2017). Participatory culture as professional development: Preparing teachers to use Minecraft in the classroom. TESOL Journal 8, 4:753–767. https://doi.org/10.1002/tesj.359 and http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tesj.359/full.
Pre-publication proof available: https://vancestevens.com/papers/tesol/r1_TESJ_359_review2017oct25_1_archivecopy.pdf

Smolčec, M., Smolčec, F. & Stevens, V. (2014). Using Minecraft for Learning English. TESL-EJ, 18(2), 1-15. Retrieved from http://www.tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej70/int.pdf. Also available: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume18/ej70/ej70int/

Teacher craft: How teachers learn to use Minecraft in their classrooms (2015)
Download free pdf: http://press.etc.cmu.edu/index.php/product/teachercraft-how-teachers-learn-to-use-minecraft-in-their-classrooms/


This just in from Bron Stuckey, EVO Minecraft MOOC moderator in 2016, regarding how Minecraft is being used in remote education in Australia: Victoria celebrates remote learning, Sept 24, 2020



Promotion and Feedback

The event was announced at these Facebook groups

  1. Learning2gether – https://www.facebook.com/groups/learning2gether/
  2. Webheads in Action – https://www.facebook.com/groups/webheadsinaction/
  3. EVO Multiliteracies MOOC – https://www.facebook.com/groups/evomlit/
  4. Learning with Computers – https://www.facebook.com/groups/6577061586/
  5. TALIN – Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN – https://www.facebook.com/groups/talin2020

And announced on Webheads in Action groups.io here 

Nellie and her team graciously awarded me and by association our EVO Minecraft MOOC team of participating miners this certificate:



Earlier Events

14 Sept 2000 EDT (Midnight UTC 15 Sept) VSTE Minecraft Mondays


Tue 15 Sept 1000 ET TESOL B-MEIS panel discussion on Envisioning TESOL through a Translanguaging Lens

Please join us for an online panel discussion featuring “Envisioning TESOL through a Translanguaging Lens” on September 15, 10-11 am (eastern time). Please see more details in the attached flyer and here’s the registration link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtf-yqqTspHdyM4Uw6veVTmP4pHg6GcFfI
This webinar is organized by the B-MEIS (Bilingual-Multilingual Education Interest Section) at TESOL International Association. We hope to see you there!Best,Zhongfeng, Laila, Peter, and Jamie


The webinar “Envisioning TESOL through a Translanguaging Lens” hosted by TESOL’s Bilingual-Multilingual Education (B-MEIS) is now available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Su6ykCc0qAw

  • The presentation slides are available via this link
  • For more information about the edited volume “Envisioning TESOL through a Translanguaging Lens: Global Perspectives” (Springer, 2020) visit: www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030470302


Tue 15 Sept 0800 PDT Refugee Concerns Interest Section Social Hour – Connecting with the Unconnected

Hsin-Yu Hsu-Contreras, known as Teresa, is excited to coordinate the next Refugee Concerns Interest Section Social Hour on Tuesday, September 15th at 8:00 AM PDT. She will facilitate a discussion based on the topic of this month Connecting with the Unconnected. She will cover some personal experience, alongside with supportive research and media references.

The conversation focuses on the role of community members, including educational personnel, volunteers, and community members in an educational institution or organization. All are invited to participate with relatable questions, suggestions, and experiences.

Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 848 9152 7179

C. 15 or 16 Sept Graham Stanley on Food for thought in the remote teaching/learning era

Graham Stanley gave a talk in the 2nd New Directions in English Language Assessment Pre-Conference Webinar focusing on innovative teacher training projects (National English Adaptive Test (NEAT) & Ceibal en Ingles). Food for thought in the remote teaching/learning era.

The link to “Innovations in Education Remote Teaching”

The recording has been posted here: 

Teacher Education & Training for Language Assessment presentation
(Adobe PDF 2MB)


Wed 16 Sept TESOL Career Path Development webinar on Professional & Institutional Retooling

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 3 PM – 4:30 PM EDT, 3 a.m. in Malaysia

Hosted by Liz England and the
TESOL Career Path Development Professional Network Group

Online Event in Zoom 

Please join us for this sure-to-wow session in which three TESOL Career Path leaders describe how they and their programs have “retooled” for the new realities of our professional lives! 

Mon-Thu 14-17 Sep Innovation Festival 2020

EduNation Island in Second Life has been invited by the innovation festival committee to be an active part of the program with a variety of social activities.

There will be 

  • Free-style building sessions
  • Escape Room Game Challenges
  • Beach Volleyball 
  • Water Sports
  • Fireside chats
  • A games night
  • A club night and a Virtual 3D Builder award ceremony

All of the sessions were ZOOM’d and LIVESREAM’d
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/99111512011
Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/user/letstalkonlinedotcom/live

The NWG Innovation Festival 2020 took place from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 September 2020

You can download the Innovation Festival App here for useful updates on the go. We’ll keep you up to date and send you notifications as more details about the Innovation Festival are announced.

Alternatively you can keep up with what’s happening at the Innovation Festival on our website here

To register for the festival and receive email notifications click HERE

All times mentioned below are BST – British Standard time – London (ie. 12pm BST = 11am UTC) 

  Monday 14 Sept 20 Tuesday 15 Sept 20 Wednesday 16 Sept 20 Thursday 17 Sept 20
12pm BST4am SLT Orientation Orientation Orientation Orientation
1pm BST 1pm Free-style building 1pm Free-style building 1pm Water sports 1pm Free-style building
2pm BST     2pm Escape room challenge  
3pm BST7am SLT 3pm Beach volleyball      
4pm BST   4pm Water sports  4pm Free-style building 4pm Basketball
5pm BST 5pm Water sports 5pm Games Night Backgammon, chess, Jenga    5pm Water sports
6pm BST10am SLT 6pm Fireside chat 6:30pm Escape room challenge 6pm Fireside chat Virtual 3D builders Innovation award ceremonyRed carpet event!
Get social!8pm BST12pm noon     Club night (from 8pm)Cube24 in virtual New Berlin with DJ Gromit Mayo  

Heike’s Thu Sept 16 Escape the Room Challenge with Doris Molero

Here, we have entered the house and the first room; escape leads to a basement

Now it’s more a game of escape the algorithm; things have to be done in a very precise and complex order

Here is a 
Summary of Innovation Festival 2020 Social Events and Recreation programme

EduNation in Second Life has been proud to be part of the Innovation Festival 2020, 14-18 September 2020. Over a period of 4 days we provided a social events and recreation program which included Escape Room Games, free-style building classes, water sports, ball games, https://youtu.be/dzdlZFz2q-c

Graham Stanley was an invited speaker

And what was it all about? This might help, https://youtu.be/FpdxSLBpuzY

And from their last bulk email …

Well this is it. Innovation Festival 20. Done. Over. Well, for this year at least…I suspect we’ll be back for 2021.


So wipe away those tears, think happy thoughts about the amazing week you’ve just had and be proud of what you’ve achieved, because it has been truly incredible.

To help boost positivity then take a look below at some of the coolest bits from the last day of Innovation Festival 20. And after you’ve watched, read and recapped, please send us a tweet telling us what your favourite part of the week was (@NorthumbrianH2O). It’ll help cheer us up too!

We’ll be in touch really soon, keeping you updated on all of the cool ideas and inventions to come out of IF20, so until then festival fans, goodbye and keep innovating!

The IF20 team.

WATCH: Highlights from day four at Innovation Festival 20

SPRINT UPDATES – Check out the FINAL update pages from the sprintshacksdashes and years’ work in a week sessions

Don’t forget to share your #InnovationFestival20 journey with us on social media and share all of your favourite bits!

For more information on the festival, visit innovationfestival.org

Thu 17 Sept – Faridah Pawan – Blended & Online Learning at SEEU

Video plus transcript


The 7th annual Virtual Worlds MOOC (VWMOOC20) taking place September 15-19, 2020

The 7th annual Virtual Worlds MOOC (VWMOOC20) is happening from September 1-30, 2020 https://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=114. and Smore https://www.smore.com/wgv6s-teaching-as-a-way-to-learn

The theme of the current MOOC is peace through learning and connecting online for instruction and learning via web technologies such as Second Life and Virtual Worlds. The MOOC will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching around the world through Second Life. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats. 


  1. Presentations https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ew-wl9hai5JcMDMxDzhjICell7N4pb4JWClr0JJk75U/edit?usp=sharing
  2. YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8JUcjyABKxmbwi5hMdBtyIakQ7aDvD2L 

VWMOOC20 Tue Sept 15 2359 UTC Beth Ghostraven

Beth Ghostraven – ISTE VEN Focus Session: International Dot Day

Inspired by The Dot, a picture book by Peter H. Reynolds, Dot Day celebrates the creativity in all of us

VWMOOC20 Wed Sept 16 2000 UTC – Dieter Heyne

Edward Tarber (RL: Dieter Heyne)


Web Based Virtual World Education
“Lessons Learned” from a university’s master course held in a web based virtual world environment. Held in VWMOOC Headquarters 
SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chilbo/167/53/97 


VWMOOC20 Thu Sept 17 1800 UTC – Dr. Christian Jonathan Angel Rueda

Dr. Christian Jonathan Angel Rueda (ecoonis in SL) 

The Three-Dimensional Immersive Digital Environments (3D-IDEs) (what is VR, AR, VW) and its relationship with digital pedagogy


VWMOOC20 Thu Sept 17 1900 UTC – Panel: Why do communities thrive or die?

Sheila Yoshikawa (Chair); Gann McGann (Mark Childs outside SL) and other panelists tba
Why do communities thrive or die?
A Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable event 
Panel discussion chaired by Sheila Yoshikawa: “Why do communities thrive or die?” Panellists will include Gann McGann (Mark Childs outside SL: The Open University, UK)  

A Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable event at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Infolit%20iSchool/229/26/22  

Contact: Sheila Yoshikawa


VWMOOC20 Fri Sept 18 1400 UTC – Lissena/ Wisdomseeker, Thuja Hynes, Francisco Koolhoven

Navigating a Virtual World
As our programs and number of volunteers have grown, we have developed tools to make the 4 levels of Inspiration Island easier to visit, especially for newcomers to virtual worlds. These tools are key to creating an immersive environment where well-being research is translated into practice. 


VWMOOC20 Sat Sept 19 2130 UTC – Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg

Metaliteracy in the Metaverse
Kitely Digital Citizenship Museum
Introduction to: Metaliteracy in the Metaverse 

  • Visit the DC Museum to discuss new literacy in virtual spaces.
  • Get a Kitely avatar, use the opensim version of Firestorm Viewer.
  • Start at Cookie II Welcome Center then walk through the portal to the Digital Citizenship Museum

Topics include personal digital citizenship and archival particularly in virtual environments

Sat 19 Sept 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

About this intitiative, https://vste.org/upcoming-events-virtual-environments-pln/ 

Jaz and Thunder are at VSTE Space in Second Life every Saturday morning from 5 am to 7 am Pacific time. Feel free to come learn more about the VSTE VE PLN there.

Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VSTEVEPLN/

Below are directions for joining the VSTE VE PLN in Second Life and Minecraft

Basic directions to join VSTE Spaces

If you don’t have a Second Life account get one, it’s free. We recommend setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium’s Gateway here: https://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/ 

  1. Download and install the software.
  2. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulgiver/155/144/58 
  3. and voila! Look for an avatar on VSTE Island and say, “Hey, I’m new!” We will take care of the rest.


This blog is written and maintained by Vance Stevens
You are free to share-alike and with attribution under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

The date of this update is September 25, 2020 06:00 UTC

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