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Monday, May 17 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Featured Panel "Looking Back: Insights From a Century of Cumulative Research in Immersive Transformations" Part 1 of 2

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We are on the cusp of the spatial computing revolution, with Virtual Reality now a mainstream term, and Augmented & Mixed Reality quickly becoming popular. These immersive media are transforming users: from explicit learning of curriculum topics and career skills, to implicit changes in behaviors, perceptions, and attitudes. As researchers, designers and practitioners of immersive learning experiences, each of us actively contributes to creating the future where these technologies deeply influence how humanity learns, collaborates and transforms. What lessons should we remember from pioneer explorers of these fields, and what should be our focus as we move the field forward?    

Join us for this panel discussion involving Jeremy Bailenson (Stanford University), Mina Johnson-Glenberg (Arizona State University), Chris Dede (Harvard University), and Mel Slater (University of Barcelona) as we explore the past and future of immersive experiences, covering questions such as: How can we look at our field with a fresh pair of eyes, to positively harness the transformative power of these technologies? How do we design and study experiences that cannot be created with more traditional media? What are ethical implications of creating deeply transformational experiences? How do we take these technologies to scale? What are the long term effects on adults and children?

Keynote & Plenary Speakers
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Chris Dede

Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE). His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. In 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association... Read More →
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Jeremy Bailenson

Thomas More Storke Professor of Communication, Stanford University
Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Thomas More Storke Professor in the Department of Communication, Professor (by courtesy) of Education, Professor (by courtesy) Program in Symbolic Systems, a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Faculty Leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity. He earned... Read More →
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Mel Slater

Distinguished Investigator, Institute of Neurosciences and Co-Director, Event Lab, University of Barcelona
Mel Slater is a Distinguished Investigator at the University of Barcelona in the Institute ofNeurosciences, and Co-Director of the Event Lab (Experimental Virtual Environments forNeuroscience and Technology). He was previously Professor of Virtual Environments atUniversity College... Read More →
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Mina Johnson-Glenberg

President & CEO; Research Professor, Arizona State University, Embodied Games, LLC
Dr. Johnson-Glenberg is a Research Professor at Arizona State University in the Psychology department. She is also an entrepreneur and President of the award-winning learning technology company called Embodied Games, LLC. Her lab (and in the spinout company) create, research, and... Read More →


Monday May 17, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
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