â€œInspire the Futureâ€ was the 2012 theme of The Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds conferenceÂ that convened this past week in Washington, D.C. at the National Defense University’s iCollege, and it drew aboutÂ about 300 physical world and an estimated 3,000 virtual world attendees. Several virtual worlds were demonstrated at the conference,
Hope Roland Botterbusch
Hope Roland Botterbusch, also known as Esparanza Freese in-world, is a career educator with over of 25 years teaching and administrative experience in K-12, college and university education. The last 20 years of her career has been dedicated to assisting faculty and students in locating funding opportunities for programs and scholarships and managing grant-funded environmental educational programs. Her virtual world experience spans four
years in Second Life, InWorldz, and the OS Grid. In Second Life, she taught a graduate course for Kansas State University in using virtual worlds for teaching and learning, managed an environmental program and virtual land development for NOAA, and is currently working on a funded virtual project with the U. S. Department of State, Organization of American States. In addition, Botterbusch is a published author of book chapters and peer-reviewed professional journal articles on legal and ethical issues in virtual platforms, and copyright issues in education.