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Beyond Zoom: XR For Teaching and Research in the COVID-19 Era

Conference on applying remote teaching experiences from COVID-19 to future XR-enabled classes.

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A Virtual Conference – Friday, August 7, 2020, 10AM-4PM (EDT/UTC-4)

Registration closes August 5 at noon


Recent large scale engagement with remote learning has brought to the fore the challenges of teaching and learning in an online environment. While technologies like videoconferencing and learning management systems have drawn a great deal of critical review and pedagogical development, we can also apply the lessons of higher education’s sudden foray into mass remote teaching to other types of tools. In particular, XR–a catch-all term including augmented and virtual reality, as well as related technologies for spatial and pervasive computing–holds both great potential and challenges for educational use under pandemic conditions.

This virtual conference will explore areas where XR can mitigate the challenges of engaging with students remotely as well as investigate new opportunities to apply XR technologies across remote, face-to-face, or hybrid environments. In particular, are there opportunities to use XR to help teach within or across disciplines such as laboratory science, clinical education, studio art, fieldwork, or other object- and place-based teaching. This even will be built around brief (5-minute) presentations that will be organized into sessions to seed generative discussions as part of a day-long event.

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Information, Technology, and Consulting; The Neukom Institute; Film and Media Studies @ Dartmouth College

Online Learning Initiative @ University of Pennsylvania