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AIM Extended Reality (XR) - XR for Higher Education: Experiential Design Affordances, Production Challenges, & Ethical Considerations
Virtual & Augmented Reality are new computing paradigms that provide powerful new affordances for embodied learning, but there are also a lot of challenges in producing immersive experiences as they require a lot of subject matter expertise. The best practices for experiential design and development are also still emerging, and there are also new ethical considerations to keep in mind when deploying immersive technologies.

Kent Bye has been speaking to thousands of immersive creators and innovators for the past seven years on the Voices of VR podcast, and he'll be presenting about some of the new affordances of spatial computing as well as some of the underlying principles of embodied cognition that makes VR & AR a powerful medium for learning. He'll also give a brief survey of some of the trends of immersive production, and the various experiential design tradeoffs between ease of production and robustness of interactivity and shared social spaces. Finally, he'll do a brief survey of the ethical & privacy considerations to keep in mind for the higher educational context for XR.

This 45-minute talk + 45-minutes of Q&A will provide context for what's happening at the frontiers of experiential design & education, tips & strategies for how to bootstrap the production & distribution of immersive educational content, and finally some of the ethical & moral dilemmas for educators to consider with the introduction of immersive technologies.

Since May 2014, Kent Bye has conducted over 1600 Voices of VR podcast interviews featuring the pioneering artists, storytellers, and technologists driving the resurgence of virtual & augmented reality. He's an oral historian, experiential journalist, & aspiring philosopher, helping to define the patterns of immersive storytelling, experiential design, ethical frameworks, & the ultimate potential of XR. You can find his podcast at voicesofvr.com and his latest thoughts on Twitter @kentbye.

Oct 20, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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