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Monday, May 17 • 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Opening Day Keynote 2: The Psychology Behind Learning in Virtual Spaces; A Conversation with Alex Howland, Virbela Co-Founder & President

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This past year, schools were asked to either close their doors or move to remote solutions indefinitely. In the haste to quickly transition to virtual environments due to COVID, no one stopped to ask about the psychological impact of suddenly learning and training remotely. This new way of working and learning quickly begged the questions—how do you foster teamwork and collaboration in a virtual environment? Is true collaboration only possible in a virtual world? And how does learning remotely full time affect one's psyche? Dr. Alex Howland, PhD, president of Virbela, will discuss all of this and more.

In this session, you will learn how the transition to virtual learning has affected the psyche of those who do it daily. Whether you are a student, teacher, or learning professional, we should all have at least a basic understanding of how virtual learning can affect the human brain. In this session, you will learn why psychological safety is so important to virtual collaboration and how you can foster that remotely. You will also learn how and why different platforms affect and augment the way that we work, collaborate, and socialize on them. Alex will discuss the hurdles that many people face when transitioning to virtual learning, including burnout, and how to avoid the common pitfalls. He'll discuss the benefits of learning in a virtual world and the long-term effects on culture, trust, and work-life interaction. You will leave this session with a new appreciation for the human brain, and tangible tips to best prepare yourselves and your organization for long-term virtual success.‬‬

Join the chat to learn more about:
  • Why psychological safety is so important to collaboration and how you can foster that remotely
  • How and why different platforms affect and augment the way that we collaborate and socialize on them
  • The hurdles that many people face when transitioning to virtual learning, including burnout
  • The long-term psychological effects of remote collaboration in a virtual world and their impact at an individual, team, and organizational level

Presenters
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Alexander Kippel

iLRN 2021 Conference General Chair, Immersive Learning Research Network
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Alex Howland

Co-Founder & President, Virbela


Monday May 17, 2021 6:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Main Stage iLRN Virtual Campus, powered by Virbela