Content and Instructional Tools to Support Your Mixed Reality Learning Initiative

Concurrent Session 10

Brief Abstract

Identifying and evaluating appropriate content are two key steps in preparing to use immersive reality in the digital learning space.  The emergence of immersive reality devices has opened doors no one knew existed.  Presenters will discuss these devices, their impact, educational applications as well as emerging practices in selecting content.

Presenters

Dr. Farah Bennani is the Associate Dean for Science and Math at the Colorado Community College Online. She holds a patent from her Doctoral research in Sciences in Microbiology, and an Analyst-Programmer Computer Sciences Degree. She served as the Allied Health Curriculum Expert at the North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) developing remote-web based science labs (RWSLB) and currently the Vice-President of the Colorado Distance Learning Association. She is the recipient of the Colorado System Office Immersive Learning and Game-based Learning grant for her microbiology project Outbreak. She teaches across the Biology curriculum face-to-face, hybrid, flipped and fully online courses using adaptive, project-based, game-based learning, augmented reality and apps.
Robbie K. Melton, Ph.D. is a full tenured professor at Tennessee State University. Major research studies include Strategic Planning for Emerging IOE (Internet of Everything) Smart Connected Mobile Devices for Education and Workforce Development. She has published and presented around the nation on the impact and value of mobilization for education and the workforce and has acquired a new distinction as an “App-ologist” due to her study of the pedagogy and best teaching practices with mobilization, quality standards for the utilization of mobile apps, and for her creation of the Mobile App Education and Workforce Resource Center (50,000 + Apps that have been aligned with over ninety-five subject areas from Pre-K to Ph.D., including workforce careers, professional development and lifelong learning, according to one’s mobile device of choice). Melton is the winner of numerous awards; the latest being the 2016 Online Learning Consortium Fellow, 2016 Richard Jonsen Educational Technologies top honor for her lifetime work in educational technology, 2015 MERLOT Leadership Visionary Award, CDE Top 30 2014 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers, 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator, 2012, Technology WOW Award, 2013 eAfrica Innovator Education Award.
Denise Malloy is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, TN. Her 20-year experience also includes teaching at University of Memphis & assisting faculty in practical uses of educational technologies, including the use of mobile devices, Web 2.0, Desire2Learn (LMS) and other technologies in teaching curricula. She was an Educational Technologies Trainer and eMobilization/Emerging Technologies Pilots Consultant for Tennessee Board of Regents, with duties that included testing, researching and evaluating emerging technologies, Android and IOS apps and mobile devices for educational use. She is now the Emerging Technology and Innovation Liaison for her institution, and a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership, Policy Analysis, Postsecondary and Private Sector Leadership concentration at East Tennessee State University.

Extended Abstract

Identifying and evaluating appropriate content are two key steps in preparing to use immersive reality in the digital learning space.  The emergence of immersive reality devices has opened doors no one knew existed.  Flowing from other industries into the education sector, we will discuss these devices and their impact. Join our panel of experts to learn about available content and applications as well as emerging practices in selecting content for your immersive learning initiative.

Topics include:

  • Review and Deep Dive of the 5 Buckets for Immersive Learning
  • Applications of Content
  • Instructional Tools used for Creating and Delivering Content
  • Cost
  • Emerging Practices