Journal of Virtual Studies – Request for Masthead Designs

Journal of Virtual Studies – Request for Masthead Designs
Journal of Virtual Studies Masthead Submission

A journal’s masthead is a page dedicated to acknowledging the editors and editorial board that work to create every new issue. It is a summative page of the journal’s goals, its mission, and its process for submission acceptance. However, this masthead is headed by the branding image and name of the journal. As the editors of the journal have moved forward with updates to its message, they have determined that the next update should include an updated title design. This is the current design:

How should the Journal of Virtual Studies represent itself, and it’s updated definition of virtual spaces for education? What clever typology, symbolism or visual representations will define its first issue in 2019? Rockcliffe University Consortium is asking the community to help answer those questions by opening a contest for a new branding image and design which will be the titular heading at the front of each issue’s cover.

Submissions to the contest should meet the following minimum requirements to be considered:

  • Clever typography which spells out the journal’s name
  • A branding image that merges or shares the space of the journal’s name
  • Size should be 2304 X 512 with an image resolution of 300 dpi
  • Maximum File Size 50Mb
  • Acceptable file formats include .psd, .ai, .eps, .cpt, and .cdr
  • Transparent background
  • Two versions of the design, one in color and one in black and white (no grayscale)

All work, including remixing of images or other illustrations, should be owned by the designer, or where open source or paid for images were used, appropriate documentation of copyright should be included. Works whose copyright is ambiguous or misrepresented will be disqualified. Only original works will qualify.

We are looking for one winner, whose work will grace the front page of our journal, our website, and other works published by the Journal of Virtual Studies. Winners will receive $200, promotion on Rockcliffe’s main webpage, our monthly newsletter, Chronicler, as well acknowledgment of the designer included in the masthead, published in every issue of the journal. Upon accepting the award, the designer will provide a perpetual, royalty free licence for the design to Rockcliffe University Consortium, the organization that sponsors and owns the Journal of Virtual Studies. Two honorable mentions will receive promotion in the Rockcliffe website and the newsletter, Chronicler.

Please submit your designs in our JoVS Branding Image Contest online form by no later than January 31, 2019. Individuals may enter the contest with multiple submissions.

Submissions using avatar names will not be accepted.
Please include the font name(s) and whether the font(s) are commercial or custom.
I acknowledge that I am the original owner of any images used as part of the masthead or I have obtained the rights for reuse and remixing (perpetual and royalty free) of any images contained herein.
Drop a PDF Proof of Image rights file here or click to upload (PDF Only) Choose File
Maximum upload size: 2MB
All work, including remixing of images or other illustrations, should be owned by the designer, or where open source or paid for images were used, appropriate documentation of copyright should be included. Please upload proof of image rights where appropriate.
Drop color image file here or click to upload (.psd, .ai, .eps, .cpt, or .cdr only) Choose File
Maximum upload size: 50MB
Acceptable file formats include .psd, .ai, .eps, .cpt, and .cdr only
Drop a black and white image file here or click to upload (.psd, .ai, .eps, .cpt, or .cdr only) Choose File
Maximum upload size: 50MB
Acceptable file formats include .psd, .ai, .eps, .cpt, and .cdr only

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

Inside Avatar Studio – Season 4: Dick Dillon (Coughran Mayo) “Innovation and Tenacity in Virtual Environments”

Inside Avatar Studio – Season 4: Dick Dillon (Coughran Mayo) “Innovation and Tenacity in Virtual Environments”

Rockcliffe University Consortium and our charming host Renne Emiko Brock (Zinnia Zauber) are pleased to have Dick Dillon (Coughran Mayo) as this month’s guest July 11, 2018, at 3:00 PM SLT. 

Join us at the Rotunda, Rockcliffe Library or watch live on Rockcliffe’s YouTube channel (with many archived videos to revisit!)

 

 

SLURL: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20Library/243/12/29

Live Stream: https://gaming.youtube.com/urockcliffe 

Dick also appeared on Inside Avatar Studio: Season 2 on July 27, 2011! 
http://www.avatarstudio.info/season-2/dick-dillon-ngut-ohs/

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Joining us August 8th, is the team behind the incredible feature documentary “Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is me” (embodiment and placemaking in virtual worlds) with Bernhard Drax, Tom Boellstorff & Donna Davis. Full feature film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQw02-me0W4&feature=youtu.be  

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Producer: Bevan Whitfield (Elisa Butler)

 

Kevin Feenan: Social Resiliency in Digital Games – International Conference on Immersive Learning

Kevin Feenan: Social Resiliency in Digital Games – International Conference on Immersive Learning

Social Resiliency in Digital Games by Kevin Feenan
International Conference on Immersive Learning, Conference Paper

ABSTRACT: This paper offers an insight of social resiliency in digital games based on ten years of observations from conference presentations on various digital games and virtual reality simulations. The paper articulates the issue of disruptive innovation and its relationship to the driving need for future college and university graduates to be prepared to face challenges associated with complex problems. The paper outlines five key success factors associated with digital game-based learning and their relationship to social resilience. Finally, the paper concludes by discussing several key implications on how future game-based learning designers may be better able to tackle the problem of managing disruptive innovation. Researchers may draw upon this paper’s observations to help frame ways in which future digital games may be better suited for instructional purposes when trying to address challenges of disruptive technology.

Rockcliffe University Consortium Conference Program, Nov 9-10 2018 – Fort Mason Arts & Culture, San Francisco (updated)

Rockcliffe University Consortium Conference Program, Nov 9-10 2018 – Fort Mason Arts & Culture, San Francisco (updated)

Rockcliffe University Consortium Conference Program Nov 9-10 2018 
Fort Mason Arts & Culture, San Francisco
Recharge Your Profession at the Future Present! #RUCC 

The Future Present Tentative Conference Program: 
https://rucc.confcenter.org/2018futurepresent/for-attendees/schedule/
https://rucc.confcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Future-Present-Tentative-Conference-Program.pdf

Learning for the Future, Experiential Learning & Mixing Realities, Digital Citizenship through Immersive Learning, Achieving Virtually Real Accessibility, Transformative Digital Storytelling, Mobile Technology in Clinical Orientations, AR/VR…

Presentations & workshops with instructional developers, researchers, designers, educators, and librarians; field trips & excursions…

Registration closes August 31, 2018! 
https://shops.urockcliffe.com/product/rucc-2018-registration/

Don’t miss out on all the fun! Use your Professional membership discount and join us in San Francisco!  Rockcliffe University Professional Member https://urockcliffe.com/membership/

Consider Sponsorship! https://rucc.confcenter.org/2018futurepresent/for-sponsors/

Conference Venue: Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture https://fortmason.org
Conference Hotel: Holiday Inn SanFrancisco Fisherman’s Wharf (online booking Group Code: RUC)  https://rucc.confcenter.org/2018futurepresent/venue-information/

Infographic Guidelines & Submissions, Tracks, Free Design Tools & Resouces
Categories: Research, Project & Non-Profit Education Support Community https://rucc.confcenter.org/2018futurepresent/for-presenters/rucc-2018-infographics-guidelines/

Nearby Attractions:  California Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, Maritime National Historic Park and Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz Island…
https://rucc.confcenter.org/2018futurepresent/venue-information/nearby-attractions/

Live or Virtual Participation? Compare and Decide https://rucc.confcenter.org/2018futurepresent/for-attendees/live-or-virtual/

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Inside Avatar Studio: Season 4 – Brett Linden, Senior Marketing Manager, Linden Lab

Inside Avatar Studio: Season 4 – Brett Linden, Senior Marketing Manager, Linden Lab

Rockcliffe University and our charming host Renne Emiko Brock (Zinnia Zauber) are pleased to have Brett Linden, Senior Marketing Manager at Linden Lab as our first guest of Season 4: Inside the Avatar Studio on June 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM SLT. 

VIDEO: https://gaming.youtube.com/watch?v=AFbMo-G5bDE

Brett is also an Associate Professor at Washington State University. He will be bringing to the discussion over a decade of senior management experience as a website editorial lead and content development strategist for companies including Amazon.com, Linden Lab, RealNetworks, and Billboard magazine.

Brett’s background also includes demonstrated experience in interactive storytelling, social media persuasion and evaluation tools using multimedia and virtual reality content across multiple platforms. 

Join us at the RUC Rotunda, Rockcliffe Library https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20Library/243/12/29 or watch live on Rockcliffe’s YouTube channel https://gaming.youtube.com/urockcliffe (with many archived videos to revisit!)

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Inside Avatar Studio – July 11, 3PM “In Conversation With Dick Dillon (Coughran Mayo): Innovation and Tenacity in Virtual Environments” 

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Inside Avatar Studio – August 8. 3PM – The team behind the incredible feature documentary “Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is me” (embodiment and placemaking in virtual worlds) with Bernhard Drax, Tom Boellstorff & Donna Davis. Full feature film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQw02-me0W4&feature=youtu.be  

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Producer: Bevan Whitfield (Elisa Butler)