Virtual Worlds
Education Conference

June 5 – 8, 2017 | Melbourne, Florida

Program

Attendance at the 2017 Virtual Worlds Educaiton Conference is free. Everybody is welcome to view an interesting slate of presentations and activities presented below. A complete conference program is found here. For presenters and attendees staying on campus, Sunday, June 4 is check-in and check-out concludes on Friday, June 9.

 

2017 Virtual Worlds Education Conference Schedule

All events take place in Olin Engineering Complex room 118 unless otherwise noted.

 

  Monday, June 5
Start Time Presentation or Event

 

8:30 am

 

Registration in Olin Engineering Complex Lobby

 

9:00

 

Dr. Annie Becker, Senior Vice President for Research at Florida Tech

Conference opening and welcome message

 

9:15

 

Keynote Address: Mr. Ron Weaver, Technical Design Director at the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy

Gaming the Educational System

 

10:00

 

Dr. Chang Liu, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Ohio University

Customizable Virtual Chemistry Experiments

10:45

 

Break

 

 

11:00

 

Dr. Masataka Okutsu, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at The Catholic University of America

Virtual World for Aerospace Engineering Design Course

 

11:45

 

Dr. Cindy Ziker, Senior Researcher at SRI International

Intelligent Virtual Environments for Instruction and Assessment

12:30 pm

 

Lunch

 

 

1:30

 

Dr. Kurt Winkelmann, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Florida Tech

Chemistry in Second Life: A Study of Student Learning and Attitudes

 

2:15

 

Dr. Stephanie August, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Loyola Marymount University

The Challenges of Constructing Interactive Digital Aids for Learning

3:00

 

Break

 

 

3:15

 

Ms. Maureen Linden, Research Engineer in the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, Georgia Institute of Technology

BreakThru: Findings and Lessons from Using Virtual Worlds to Broaden Participation of Students with Disabilities in STEM Education

 

4:00

 

Dr. Stephanie August, Program Director at the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education

Funding Opportunities at NSF

4:45 Team meetings
   
 

Tuesday, June 7

Start Time Presentation or Event
9:00 am

 

Announcements

 

 

9:15

 

Keynote Address: Dr. Len Annetta, Taft Distinguished Professor of Science Education at East Carolina University

Getting Serious about Science Education: The Evolution of Serious Educational Games

 

10:00

 

Dr. David Yaron, Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University

Using a Virtual Chemistry Laboratory to Engage Students in Authentic Science Practices

 

10:45

 

Break

 

11:00

 

Dr. Olinkha Gustafson-Pearce, Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Design at Brunel University - London

Utilizing Streamed Data to Create Meaningful Virtual Environments to Teach STEM Subjects

11:45

Mr. Timo Ilomaki, Teacher and Project Coordinator at Jyväskylä Education Consortium, Finland

Co-Presenters: Mr. Aki Puustinen, Headmaster and Coordinator at Murrame Senior High School, Finland and Mr. Jukka Sormunen, Headmaster at Kuopio Classical High School, Finland

Virtual Reality in Learning at Four Finnish High Schools

12:30 pm

 

Lunch

 

 

1:30

 

Technology Demonstration Showcase, Digital Scholarship Lab, 2nd floor of Evans Library

 

3:00

 

 Break

 

3:15

 

Dr. Cynthia M. D'Angelo, Senior Researcher in the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International

Meta-Analysis of STEM Simulations for Learning

 

4:00

 

Dr. Joe Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Information Science at Queens College - CUNY

Immersive Learning through Roleplay, Self-Expression, and Community Narratives

 

4:45

 

Break

 

5:00

 

Discussion
   
  Wednesday, June 8
Start Time Presentation or Event

 

9:00

 

 

Announcements

 

 

9:15

 

Keynote Address: Mr. Waymon Armstrong, President and CEO of Engineering and Computer Simulations

A dozen years in serous virtual worlds: Are we there yet?

 

10:00

 

Mr. Don Bickley, Virtual Classroom Designer in the Office of Academic Affairs at Prince William Sound College

A First for the Last Frontier

 

10:45

 

Break

 

11:00

 

Dr. Erin Saitta, Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Central Florida

Co-Presenter: Dr. Jackie Chini, Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Central Florida

Enhancing Professional Development with a Mixed-Reality Classroom Simulator to Prepare Teaching Assistants for Active Learning Instruction

 

11:45

 

Dr. Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt, Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence (ret.) in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M

Integrating Virtual Worlds into the Chemistry Classroom - Can Second Life Improve Spatial Ability?

 

12:30 pm

 

Lunch

 

1:30

 

Dr. Richard Lamb, Associate Professor of Learning and Instruction at the University of Buffalo

Cognitive Dynamics: Comparison of Virtual Reality and Hands on Activities in Science Education via fNIRs

 

3:00

 

Break

 

 

3:15

 

 

Ms. Michele Yeargain, Lecturer and Laboratory Coordinator in the Department of Biology at the University of Central Florida

Co-Presenters: Mr. Brian Smith, National Teaching Fellow at the University of Derby, England and Dr. William Prensky, CEO of Chant Newall Development Group (CNDG)

Case-Based Investigations of Faculty and Student Experience in Virtual World Laboratories and Courses

 

4:00

 

Dr. Jonah Firestone, Assistant Professor of Science Education at Washington State University

Virtual Reality Simulation and Writing Complexity: A Pilot Study

 

4:45

 

Break

 

5:00

 

Discussion
   
  Thursday, June 8
Start Time Presentation or Event

 

9:00 am

 

Announcements

 

9:15

 

Keynote Address: Dr. William Prensky, CEO of Chant Newall Development Group (CNDG)

Altered States, Altered Perception, and Virtual Worlds: Where we are, how we got here, and the journey we share together

 

10:00

 

Dr. Reneta D. Lansiquot, Professor of English and Founding Program Director at the New York City College of Technology - CUNY

Interdisciplinary Learning in Virtual Worlds

 

10:45

 

Break

 

11:00

 

Mr. William Little, Aerospace Technologist in Software Systems at NASA Kennedy Space Center

The NASA Augmented/Virtual Reality Lab: The State of the Art at KSC

 

11:45

 

Dr. Jungwoo Ryoo, Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Pennsylvania State University - Altoona College

Immersive Security Education Environment (I-SEE)

 

12:30 pm

 

Lunch

 

1:30

 

Ms. Elizabeth Lytle, Director of Education and Product Experience at zSpace

Explorations in zSpace: Investigating Virtual Reality in STEM Classrooms

 

2:15

 

Dr. Stephen Moysey, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University

Immersion Versus Interaction: How Do Platform Choices Impact the Design of VR Learning Experiences in the Geosciences?

 

3:00

 

Break

 

3:15

 

Team Presentations

 

4:45

 

Conference Closing