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Tuesday, June 1 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Basic Research & Theory - Panel Session 2

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Instructional Design Principles for Guiding Immersive Learning Experiences
Paula MacDowell, Alicia Accettura, Alison Beecher, Gina DiPaolo, Shua Her, Janelle Lavoie, Brent Olson, Thomas Story
University of Saskatchewan, Canada
This panel discussion with teacher-scholars will focus on instructional design principles to enhance student learning experiences in XR-enabled classes. We will share pedagogical interactions and active learning strategies that can be used to achieve specific instructional objectives and bridge educational gaps in distance learning. Panellists will highlight some of the “do’s and don’ts” for integrating XR to support human interaction, creativity, and collaboration. While immersive technologies hold the potential for transformative and engaged pedagogy, they must be implemented thoughtfully and effectively to achieve this potential.

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Paula MacDowell

Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Paula MacDowell, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Saskatchewan. Her area of specialization is in Educational Technology and Design (ETAD).
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Alicia Accettura

Teacher, School District 43
Alicia Accettura is a teacher from Coquitlam, British Columbia. She is presently graduating from the Education and Technology and Design program from the University of Saskatchewan and receiving a Master of Education degree this spring. Currently, she holds a position as a teacher-librarian... Read More →
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Alison Beecher

Graduate Student, University of Saskatchewan
I obtained my Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. Since then, I have taught in various schools in Saskatchewan. My teaching experience has been mostly in Kindergarten to Grade 6, with some Special Education sprinkled in.  In 2019, I decided to... Read More →
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Gina DiPaolo

Culture Awareness & Activities Coordinator, U of S Language Centre
I work with international students learning English in cultural spaces.  I'm passionate about culture, inter-cultural relations leadership, and learning in higher education.
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Shua Her

Graduate Student, University of Saskatchewan
Hello everyone! My name is Shua Her and I'm an ETAD graduate student from the University of Saskatchewan. A couple of things about me is that I'm happily married to a wonderfully spectacular wife and we've got two cats named Pipi and Mouji. I've been working as an ESL Teacher for... Read More →
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Janelle Lavoie

Teacher, University of Saskatchewan
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Janelle Lavoie obtained her Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2018, Bachelor of Education in 2019, and has just completed a Master’s in Educational Technology and Design (ETAD) from the University of Saskatchewan. She has taught children... Read More →
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Brent Olson

Research Assistant, University of Saskatchewan
Brent Olson is a master’s student in the Educational Technology and Design program at the University of Saskatchewan. His research focuses on immersive technologies for learning. He is a teacher with the Greater Saskatoon Catholic school division
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Thomas Story

University of Saskatchewan
As an elementary educator, I love empowering students to take ownership of their own learning through technology. I currently teach grade 4/5 online in Calgary, Alberta, and am passionate about using technology to improve teacher, student, and administration efficiency. When not in... Read More →

Tuesday June 1, 2021 7:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
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