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

Or you can catch the edited version later in November on the VWBPE YouTube channel at

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


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


Watch through our Twitch streaming channel without participating

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

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[@]


Erudition Conference 2017

Erudition Conference 2017

Rockcliffe wants to see you in Old Sacramento on October 13-14, 2017 for its first annual Erudition conference.

Registration is now open.

Get in on the early bird pricing of $125 by July 10th.

Rockcliffe’s Erudition Conference is both a catalyst and a challenge issued.  Innovation is showcased and encouraged.  Education specialists should examine their preconceptions, boundaries, assumptions, and constraints when it comes to educational design using online and blended techniques.

This conference will engage attendees in interdisciplinary opportunities to gain insights into pedagogical innovation, as well as provide opportunities to network with other educators working with immersive technologies, whether they be web-based, augmented, or virtual reality technologies in the support of learning development.

Entertainment Events at Rockcliffe

Welcome to the new blog spot for Rockcliffe Entertainment events. Rockcliffe supports a wide range of music and art performance within Second Life at a number of venues in addition to the promotion of events of special interest to Rockcliffe student and faculty.

If you are interested in using the Rockcliffe facilities to host an arts event (machinema, music, theatre, alternative performances) then please contact Taff Nouvelle, Arts Director, or Tender Skytower, executive administration.

The Story So Far (June 17, 2010) ….

Rockcliffe is currently in discussions with the IRS in order to complete the process for our 501(c)(3) applications. We are down to one outstanding issue that we are hopefully going to come to an agreement on before the end of July. In the meantime you will likely have noticed several updates to our web site as we prepare for eventual success in this matter.

As you may or may not be aware, Rockcliffe is unique in that we are one of the first organizations to be applying for 501(c)(3) status as a virtual organization that is attempting to develop a viable education model that will take us from a group of volunteers, to a recognized member of the education community, to eventual accreditation as an institution of higher learning much later down the road. It has never been done before and we are looking forward to being the first such organization to do so.

The IRS has been instrumental in helping us narrow our focus down to those elements that meet the intention of the tax code for such organizations, our user community, and our organization. Looking forward to great things ahead and hopefully reporting next month of our success in reaching an agreement which has been the biggest obstancle for Rockcliffe over the past 18 months that our application has been in progess.

With thanks to all that have been helping make this possible

Kevin Feenan (SL: Phelan Corrimal)
President, Rockcliffe University Consortium