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Friday, May 21
 

11:00am EDT

Basic Research & Theory - Panel Session 1 Transforming Education with Immersive Learning: Bridging the Skills Gap and Removing Accessibility Barriers
Transforming Education with Immersive Learning: Bridging the Skills Gap and Removing Accessibility Barriers
Gabriele Kalpaviciute
The Academy of International Extended Reality, United Kingdom

Join us for an exclusive AIXR Insights Live two part series where our panel of experts will be exploring the successful application of immersive technology in learning environments.

Part 1 of 2 AIXR Insights Live will provide a valuable insight on tackling two of the major barriers to entry. First we will investigate how to best 'train the trainer’ on immersive technology and how to demystify XR for educators. We will debunk misconceptions and false assumptions that educators may have about XR learning experiences and technology, while also providing insight into how XR promotes specific learning approaches and techniques. Finally we will cover why XR technology should be used and where to begin in applying it to the world of learning.

Panelists:
Onism XR - Oussema Djemaa
Virtual Speech - Sophie Thompson
Vue Networks - Jon Foo
Make Real - Sam Watts

Presenters
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Oussema Djemaa

COO, Onism XR
With Oussema’s background in Journalism and Communication studies, and being tech savvy, he established himself as a tech journalist who developed knowledge in various fields that are technology related. Currently, he is dedicating his expertise to tech startups whilst expanding... Read More →
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Sam Watts

Immersive Partnerships Director, Make Real
With 20+ years experience of delivering immersive experiences, from 25+ PC and VR games to enterprise training to out-of-home entertainment, Sam has worked with the biggest brands including BBC, E4, Vodafone, Porsche and McDonald’s and many more, and has been featured in The Guardian... Read More →
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Jonathan Foo

CEO, Vue Reality Labs Pte Ltd
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Sophie Thompson

Director/ COO, Virtual Speech


Friday May 21, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Circle of Scholars Assembly Hall iLRN Virtual Campus, powered by Virbela

12:00pm EDT

Basic Research & Theory - Panel Session 1, Transforming Education with Immersive Learning: Bridging the Skills Gap and Removing Accessibility Barriers , Part 2
Transforming Education with Immersive Learning: Bridging the Skills Gap and Removing Accessibility Barriers
Gabriele Kalpaviciute
The Academy of International Extended Reality, United Kingdom

Part 2 of 2 AIXR Insights Live series will dive into the discussion about removing accessibility barriers for successful implementation of VR/AR within learning environments. We will cover the practical side of deployment of XR technology in an educational setting, while also examining the process of successful onboarding of students to XR educational experiences. It is vital to evaluate the progress, so we will also discuss the best practices of assessment and evaluation of learning from XR educational experiences.

Part 2of 2 AIXR Insights Live

SentiReal - David Trainor
KlipVR - Aditya Tuknait
Magos - Greg Agriopoulos
Cognitive 3D - Tony Bevilacqua

Presenters
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Greg Agriopoulos

CEO, Magos
Unique blend of technical and business skills with over 10 years experience in project & team management in high-tech ICT projects combined with electrical engineering background. Tech enthusiast with great systems engineering and deep technical understanding skills
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David Trainor

Founder, Sentireal
I'm an enthusiastic advocate, entrepreneur and technologist delivering "personal immersive learning", namely enterprise training that is (a) presented using Extended (Virtual/Augmented) Reality and (b) automatically personalised and assessed using Artificial Intelligence - for the... Read More →
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Aditya Tuknait

Founder & CCO, KlipVR
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Tony Bevilacqua

Founder & CEO, Cognitive3D


Friday May 21, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Circle of Scholars Assembly Hall iLRN Virtual Campus, powered by Virbela
 
Tuesday, June 1
 

7:30pm EDT

Basic Research & Theory - Panel Session 2
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.

Presenters
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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
Circle of Scholars Assembly Hall iLRN Virtual Campus, powered by Virbela
 
Thursday, June 3
 

7:30pm EDT

Basic Research & Theory - Panel Session 3: "What’s Next for Immersive Technologies in Higher Education? A Canadian Perspective"
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.

Presenters
avatar for Paula MacDowell

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 →
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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
Immersive Technology lead for Georgian College. My role is to help faculty and programs to explore and integrate virtual/augmented reality where appropriate and desirable. We have launched over 12 VR pilots and have VR labs at 4 campuses. Previously: Professor of paramedicine. Paramedic... Read More →


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