New Editorial Board for JOVS

New Editorial Board for JOVS

Rockcliffe is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Editorial Board for the Journal of Virtual Studies. We are excited to have some familiar faces back and some new talent joining the Board for this term. In addition to having a wealth of experience, the editors are going to have their hands full with categories that extend traditional peer review to both video and infographic submissions.

Managing Editor
Leticia De Leon
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA

Research Editor
Susanna Nocchi
School of Languages, Italy

Praxis Editor
Carmen Pena
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA

Conceptual Editor
Peggy Daniels Lee
Indiana University, USA

For a complete list of the Editorial Board and Peer Reviewers, see the JoVS About page.

Those interested in joining the journal’s editorial board should should review the requirements published in the first Editorial Board Call Out.

JOVS Celebrates 10 Years In Publication

JOVS Celebrates 10 Years In Publication

Rockcliffe is proud to announce the relaunch of their flagship publication, the Journal of Virtual Studies. JoVS (ISSN: 2155-1070) is a biannual publication, peer reviewed, and open access. In print since 2010, the journal is now celebrating its 10th publication year with a new look, a new domain name, a new vision and mission.

Our vision aims to create a medium that encourages continual renewal of what a virtual space for learning is and how virtual spaces can be best used in multiple educational contexts. Our mission is to provide a peer-reviewed multimedia publication that showcases papers and multimedia productions describing research, program implementation, and the conceptual that feature education for all ages in virtual spaces.

The journal is further expanding upon our existing mandate to include additional formats for peer review including video or machinima, and infographic submissions. Rockcliffe is treating this as a stepping stone to expanding the definition of what a journal should be in a modern information age. We are looking forward to new means of combining research with modes of communication that are accessible in multiple formats and available on multiple devices.

Please have a look at our updated publication at https://jovs.urockcliffe.press.

Journal of Virtual Studies Editorial Board Call Out

Journal of Virtual Studies Editorial Board Call Out

The Managing Editors of the Journal of Virtual Studies (JOVS) are inviting qualified peer reviewers to submit their interest in joining our Editorial Board for 2019.

Published by Rockcliffe University Consortium, the Journal of Virtual Studies (ISSN-2155-0107) is an international, open source, and peer-reviewed journal with a nine year history of research and praxis involving virtual spaces and their use in education. Rockcliffe is currently implementing aggressive plans to raise the impact factor and readership in 2019. Such plans include an updated vision and mission, acceptance of multimedia, not just traditional papers, and a modernized website currently being re-constructed under new guidelines and new publishing workflows.

The Journal of Virtual Studies aims to create a medium that encourages continual renewal of what a virtual space for learning is and how virtual spaces can be best used in multiple educational contexts. The Journal will begin publishing biannually (twice a year, in May and November), and will include both papers and multimedia (i.e., infographics, video/machinima, audio, and other forms of interactive media).

A full write-up on the vision, mission, and submission categories can be found on our current website. All submitted manuscripts and multimedia will undergo a double blind review process, as coordinated by the Journal Category Editors.

Qualified candidates should be able to show expertise in the use of virtual spaces in education , in any discipline and any grade or level. This expertise should be demonstrated in the curriculum vitae by listing relevant research, professional development and/or teaching experience, and service that demonstrate educational uses of virtual spaces, as described in the journal’s updated vision and mission.  

Your cover letter should include the following:

  • any experience you may have as a peer reviewer
  • Whether you are able and willing to review for all three categories in the journal
  • Whether you are able and willing to review both papers and multimedia
  • and/or any additional information that you feel strengthens your candidacy as a reviewer.

Peer reviewers will benefit from having their name published as part of Editorial Board in every issue’s masthead, receive recognition in Publons, and be provided a a yearly letter of recognition for service.

Those interested should send both the cover letter and curriculum vitae attached in an email to Leticia De Leon, Managing Editor, at journals@urockcliffe.com. by no later than January 31, 2019.

Happy Holidays from Rockcliffe

Happy Holidays from Rockcliffe

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10 Years Later

As Rockcliffe University Consortium is quickly coming to the end of its 10th year, we have an opportunity to look back and consider all the friends we’ve made, the creativity we have inspired, the good we have done for our community, and the people we have helped along the way. We here at Rockcliffe are looking forward to another 10 years of transforming education and providing opportunities for people to learn, play, and serve.

As we celebrate this special time of year with friends and family, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone all the best on their successes and encouragement on your plans for the new year. May the new year be prosperous, filled with new challenges, and all your new year’s resolutions be successful.

All my best for you and yours.

Sincerely,
Kevin Feenan
President
Rockcliffe University Consortium

New Board Openings

New Board Openings

Rockcliffe has two Director openings on our Board of Directors to advise and assist with community development between Rockcliffe and higher education institutions and technology companies.

These volunteer opportunities would allow an interested person to initiate and maintain effective relationship and to ensure that the consortium grows in influence, size and usefulness to its members.

The ideal candidate is a persistent, self-starter, and creative individual who will learn about Rockcliffe member needs, maintain current knowledge of Rockcliffe services, and work to raise awareness about Rockcliffe within higher-education communities.

To find out more, please see the following pages

Board Member: Higher Education Advisor

Board Member: Technology Advisor

Rockcliffe’s events and services are supported by dozens of volunteers throughout North America and Europe. Member involvement is vital to the success of the association.

Rockcliffe members have the unique opportunity to engage in service with other members internationally while impacting trends, issues and services available for educational professionals.

We look forward to your interest in helping Rockcliffe provide better service to the educational community.

Virtual Attendee Registration Open Until November 4

Virtual Attendee Registration Open Until November 4

With the Rockcliffe University Conference on education and technology coming up next month, our on-site registrations closed as of September 30. While we will not be taking any more on-site registrations, there is still an opportunity for people to register as virtual attendees up to Sunday November 4th.


Register by November 4 to guarantee your place!


Some sessions, like our keynotes, will be streamed live from our venue, including opportunities to engage with the presenters in real-time through our mobile friendly conference site. Those attending the conference virtually can expect to see:

  • Keynotes
    • “Learning for the Future: Tinkering with the Schema of School” with Dr. Pamela Redmond, Touro University
    • “To Boldly Go: Education, Technology, and Captain Kirk” with Dr. Chris Haskell from  Boise State University
  • Hands on Play sessions with a focus on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) allowing users to create, share and reuse interactive online content; and
  • InfoGraphic Sessions

If you couldn’t join us physically in San Francisco, considering joining us a virtual attendee.

Read about Staying Relevant 

Register for the Conference

Registration Deadline for the Rockcliffe Conference Extended

Registration Deadline for the Rockcliffe Conference Extended

The Annual Rockcliffe University Consortium Conference (RUCC) is happening November 9-10, 2018 at the historic Fort Mason Center near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

Registration has been extended to September 30th, including options for student rates to kick off the new academic year. Space however is limited as the conference is filling up quickly.


Register today to guarantee your place before they are all gone!


Attendees can expect a dynamic mixture of sessions, excursions, and critical discussion, all around the topic of innovative technology and its application to education at all levels, and how the two can impact our students’ preparedness for the digital world and a continually disrupted job market. Those attending the conference in-person can expect to see:

  • Keynotes
    • “Learning for the Future: Tinkering with the Schema of School” with Dr. Pamela Redmond, Touro University
    • “To Boldly Go: Education, Technology, and Captain Kirk” with Dr. Chris Haskell from  Boise State University
  • Experiential Play sessions that focus on how the learning experience is influenced by the learning environment, including an opportunity to experience the California Academy of Sciences;
  • Workshop sessions that will focus on innovating the way we teach;
  • Hands on Play sessions with a focus on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) allowing users to create, share and reuse interactive online content; and
  • Roundtable sessions on deconstructing experiential learning components and how they impact on learning.

On-site attendees will get the most of the conference. However, if you can’t join us physically in San Francisco you can still register as a virtual attendee. Some sessions, like our keynotes, will be streamed live from our venue, including opportunities to engage with the presenters in real-time through our mobile friendly conference site.

On-site seating is limited, so you should register for the conference now before we sell out.

Read about Staying Relevant 

View our Conference Schedule

Register for the Conference

Revolutions and Innovations Expert Panel

Revolutions and Innovations Expert Panel

The Experts Discuss Innovation

In preparation for the launch of the Call for Proposal, VWBPE would like to invite you to the Revolutions and Innovations Expert Panel happening on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 4 pm PDT.

We are living in a disruptive age, where technology innovation has changed the way we live, the way we learn, and the way we interact. Innovation isn’t just a word used by scientists and entrepreneurs, it has come to describe our ever-changing society. This panel is about considering how we think outside the virtual space, and how multiple available technologies and devices redefine what it means to work, create, and learn “virtually”. If you are one that dares to be different, who tries what scares you, and keeps pushing “I can’t” boundaries to “I will, differently”, then you don’t want to miss this event.

The Revolutions and Innovations panel will include innovators from a variety of communities that support creativity, learning, and collaboration.

The final panelist list is still being finalized, so please stay tuned to social media and Second Life notices for the final confirmation.

If you can’t get in-world to participate then you can watch the panel live on Twitch at https://go.twitch.tv/urockcliffe.

Or you can catch the edited version later in November on the VWBPE YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/VWBPE.

Location: Second Life Rockcliffe Rotunda (map)
Date and Time: Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 4:00 pm PDT (11:00 pm UTC).

Note: The panel will be transcribed, streamed, and recorded

VWBPE VRevolutions is happening this March 15-17, 2018.

Rockcliffe’s Ten in Ten: August is for Playing

Rockcliffe’s Ten in Ten: August is for Playing

August is for Playing

Work and play may go hand in hand, and for educators, sometimes, it’s the best way to offer up learning. But is it game-based or gamified? Find out the difference at three connected events that Rockcliffe is hosting as part of its ten in ten, year long celebration in August.

What you will see

Opportunities to be hands on with examples of teaching activities that can be used in the classroom and to help develop creative and critical thinking skills.  These sessions not only allow educators to see how these activities fit together, but also ask questions on how to enable these types of opportunities.

When and Where to Show Up

Date and Time Adventurer

Enter the game and experience it, while also using the Discord ‘Explorer’ backchannel

Explorer

Enter Discord to engage in the conversation without entering the games, while also using the ‘lurker’ twitch stream.

Lurker

Watch through our Twitch streaming channel without participating

Second Life Thu Aug 24 2pm PST Set-up Second Life SLURL:
In Second Life Only
Twitch.tv/urockcliffe
Minecraft Fri Aug 25 2 pm PST Set-Up MC Discord
Text | Voice
Twitch.tv/urockcliffe
World of Warcraft Fri Aug 25 4 pm PST Set-Up WOW Discord
Text | Voice
Twitch.tv/urockcliffe

UPDATE [22/08]: For the Minecraft Presentation, please refer to the following Google Docs presentation that will be referenced during the demonstration.

Both Minecraft and World of Warcraft take some time to set-up. Allow at least an hour for Minecraft. World of Warcraft is a large download (over 8 Gb) and may take up to a day to download on slower connections before you can begin the install process.

Leave yourself at least 2 days before the session times to download and install both products if you are participating as an Adventurer.

Creating a World of Warcraft Avatar

For World of Warcraft we will be starting out with new Level 1 characters for people who have never experienced WOW before.

We recommend setting your new character up in advance. Once you have gone through the basic set-up, we will meet up in the Human starting map zone (Northshire).

Please use the following settings when starting a new character:

Click the Change Realm button to set the Server and Realm before starting a new character.

If you’ve never played before, you won’t see characters here.
Server United States
Realm Norgannon
Character Type Level 1
Gender Your Choice
Faction Alliance
Race Human
Class Your Choice
Character Customization Your Choice
Character Name Your Choice

Technical Assistance

If you have any problems with the following the set-up instructions, do not hesitate to contact Jeannette at tenderskytower[@]urockcliffe.com.