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Presentation on the Importance of Community and Play in 3D Spaces for the TCC 2021 Worldwide Online Learning Conference. This session reflects on learning spaces as places to promote community and society, which Ferdinand Tönnies described as Gemeinschaft and Gesellscaft for the importance of our social relationships.
Slide 4 refers to challenges and triumphs when our world turned upside down.
The Importance of Community & Play in 3D Spaces
Cynthia Calongne, Colorado Technical University
CCCOnline, Parker University, & SMU
Pompeii at Virtual Harmony
TCC 2021 Worldwide Online Conference
● Life was disrupted
● Work shifted to home
● The three spaces merged
for home, work, and our
In 2020, schools
moved online to use
Zoom or their favorite
tool for meetings,
Connecting in this
manner felt a little
like the game show
yet eager to connect
Bensching, A. (2020, April 25). In Search of the Perfect
Zoom Class [image]. https://www.thesantaclara.org/blog/in-
Education in 2020
In 2020, what did you do to strengthen your spirit?
VWBPE 2021 conference 3D exhibit posters, photos by Calongne (2021). Right exhibit by Brock (2021) as a
tribute to Douglas Adams’s book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
As spaces for healing
Our Virtual Harmony
community under Dr.
leadership designed and
tested, and celebrated
life, history, and the arts.
Scene: virtual Pompeii
We celebrated a student’s first day
in a virtual world for his graduation
We sailed, swam, and scuba dived
We created living spaces
in Loire, a French village
in Virtual Harmony
We dreamed and recreated our ideal spaces in Virtual Harmony
Virtual worlds provide a deeper view for the eye of the
beholder & develops new pathways for ones own thinking
process and rationality…
…to increase the depth of reasoning through human problem
solving in a representation of complexity accompanied by
playful moments of escape!
Algernon Loire & Molly MaeWest
I enjoy the true essence that we enjoy together through
face to face interactions.
…and welcome the blessings of using the virtual world
technologies that keep us together, talking and interacting
through scholarship while gleefully playing in atmospheres
which are from past centuries.
By transporting ourselves to alternate times in scenes with
interactive stages, we are the actors and are not watching
a 2D view of a film or a play.
Virtual Harmony meets each week to celebrate life
Skylark’s first flight required adjusting the overhead controls
Barbara Truman meets
Skylark after docking on
the Space Station
While hard to conduct
research during 2020,
we tested our designs
and AI dashboards.
We soared high, flew kites and balloons, and dreamed of the
future of learning. How do you strengthen your world?
If your home was your learning space
● What do you need to offer a
great learning experience?
● What do you need to
strengthen yourself and your
PADI 3D poster at VWBPE 2021
Photo by Lyr (2021) as a Star Trek: The next Generation