From March 27-29, the Virtual World Best Practices in Education Conference is taking place in Second Life. According to their website, this grassroots, community-based conference attracts faculty, instructors, trainers, administrators, instructional designers, and technical specialists from around the world. The virtual conference will "provide opportunities for virtual world communities to showcase projects, courses, events and research that lead to best practices in education."
It's quite an impressive multi-day event, considering it is an all-volunteer, all-virtual effort! Taking place over multiple sims, take a look at the complete schedule to see what you might be interested in. There's a diverse range of topics being presented, from "Games-based Learning Theory: A synthesis of ideas to help plan, implement and assess serious games" to "Virtual Harlem: Building Community and Fostering Collaboration as a Path to Life-Long Learning Virtual Harlem and Virtual Montmartre."
I'm honored to be asked to speak on Saturday about the work of Global Kids and RezEd.org in particular. You can catch me on Saturday at 11AM PST, at Faire sim (click here to teleport.)