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Thursday, June 3 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Basic Research & Theory - Panel Session 3: "What’s Next for Immersive Technologies in Higher Education? A Canadian Perspective"

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What’s Next for Immersive Technologies in Higher Education? A Canadian Perspective
Paula MacDowell(1), Anthony Chaston(3), Russell Foubert(4), Don Leidl(1), Sean Maw(1), Rachel Ralph(5), Megan Smith(6), Rob Theriault(7)
1: University of Saskatchewan, Canada; 3: Mount Royal University, Canada; 4: Conestoga College, Canada; 5: The Centre for Digital Media, Canada; 6: The University of British Columbia, Canada; 7: Georgian College, Canada

Join us for a lively discussion with Canadian leaders in XR for higher education. The panel will share stories and insights on integrating immersive technologies in service to the teaching and learning mission. We will discuss administrative challenges, pedagogical opportunities, guidelines for HMD design, and strategies for building immersive learning communities. Panelists will highlight how we can work together to shape a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive XR future.

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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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Anthony Chaston

Associate Professor, Mount Royal University
I am a Team Leader and Event Organizer for Researchers in VR, a subgroup of Educators in VR. We host live research events including guest speakers, workshops and discussions each week in AltspaceVR. The goal of these events is to promote the development of a research community to... Read More →

Russell Foubert

Chair, School of Applied Computer Science & IT, Conestoga College
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Don Leidl

Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Dr Don Leidl is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan.  His research is focused on the use of VR technologies as an teaching strategy in undergraduate and continuing competency nursing education.
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Sean Maw

Assoc Professor, Huff Chair in Innovative Teaching, University of Saskatchewan
My colleagues and I have developed a VR environment for learning about trusses in first year engineering Statics courses.  The software teaches, assesses, and allows for play.
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Rachel Ralph

Faculty, Centre for Digital Media
I am very passionate about digital media and its growth and value. Currently I am supervising graduate student teams as a faculty member in project management, account management, strategist ideas, etc. while they work on a variety digital media projects (i.e., web platforms, websites... Read More →
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Megan Smith

Associate Professor - Creative Technologies, University of British Columbia
Megan Smith PhD is a new media artist currently working to bridge physical computing within virtual and augmented reality environments. Her art practice probes new systems for delivering syndicated data through narrative structure and she often works with geo-location, live-feed installation... Read More →
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Rob Theriault

Immersive Technology Lead, Georgian College
Rob Theriault comes to XR from a somewhat unusual route. He was a paramedic for 35 years, a former Critical Care Flight Paramedic and a paramedic professor for 20 years. After integrating virtual reality into the paramedic program, he assumed the newly created role of Immersive Technology... Read More →

Thursday June 3, 2021 7:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Circle of Scholars Assembly Hall iLRN Virtual Campus, powered by Virbela