Strategic Planning and Exploration of Immersive Learning and Workforce Training with Mixed Reality Tools

Workshop Session 2
Blended MERLOT

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

This workshop will address the impact of Mixed Reality of VR/AR/Holograms related to immersive learning regarding types of devices, mixed reality content, student engagement, faculty PD, and workforce training. Participants and presenters will have the opportunity to engage in a forum to discuss and explore (hands-on) Mixed Reality.


We will be using Google Expeditions and would like those who wish to participate to download from the App Store or Google Play store.

Sponsored By


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.
A. Darlene Smith is the Associate Professor of Education at Walters State Community College in Morristown, TN. She has a Bachelor's Degree in K-8 from Carson Newman College and a Master's Degree in Supervision and Administration from East Tennessee State University. Since August of 2007, she been molding and shaping future educators at Walters State Community College. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is currently working part-time in the Instructional Design office training faculty in mobile learning. Prior to teaching at WSCC, she worked in the Grainger County and Hamblen County School Systems teaching second, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. She also served as the Pre-school Director of Centenary United Methodist Church for three years. In August of 2013, she was honored to receive the Distinguished Faculty Award from WSCC. In 2013-2014, she was recognized as one of the first two Mobile Learning Fellows at Walters State, and in Spring of 2014, she was selected to be one of the TBR Mobile Learning Mentors by Dr. Robbie Melton. In Spring of 2017, Darlene was named an Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2017. She married her husband, Rusty, October 7, 1989, and they have three beautiful children: Daniel, Hannah, and Sarah. Her vision is to help change the world; one child at a time!

Additional Authors

EDUCATION EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY – Johnson City, TN Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Aug. 2005 UNIVERSITY OF ILLINIOS – Champaigne, IL Post-Graduate Research in Biochemistry, 8/1989 – 8/1992 EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY – Johnson City, TN M.S. Biology with Emphasis in Biochemistry, May 1989 EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY – Johnson City, TN B.S. Biology with Minor in Humanities, May 1987 TEACHING EXPERIENCE 8/95 – pres. WALTERS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, FACULTY MEMBER Dean & Professor of Natural Sciences (8/08 – present) CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS I led the team that developed the 2011 Mobilization Summit, the 2013 TBR mEngage Leadership Conference and the 2014 TBR mEngage Academy held at WSCC. During the WSCC mobilization efforts that began in 2011 I have presented at over 45 conferences and gatherings. Some of the most memorable events include: Aug. 2017 VSO Creating Child Friendly Schools: A Teacher Development Initiative funded by UNICEF, Chiralzula & Machinga, Malawi May 2017 Emerging Technology Conference - Toronto, CA Nov. 2016 TBR Emerging Technology Think Tank - Nashville, TN Mar. 2016 Emerging Tech Collaboration Conference - Sevierville, TN May, 2015 CCA Conference - Asheville, NC Nov. 2015 3-D Printer Conference - Oak Ridge Nat. Labs Dec. 2014 Oxford Education Research Symposium – Oxford, England Oct. 2014 Online Learning Consortium Workshop on Mobile Classroom Tools - Orlando, FL July, 2014 TBR mEngage Academy – Morristown, TN May, 2013 STEM Conference – Johnson City, TN Oct. 2013 Lambton College Mobilization Retreat - Sarnia, Ontario Dec. 2012 Apple Debriefing – Cupertino, CA Nov. 2012 ELES International Conference on eLearning/eHealth - Dakar, Senegal

Extended Abstract

This workshop will recap and update three of the topics from the OLC Summer Webinars of "EXPLORING THE IMMERSIVE LEARNING LANDSCAPE: HEADSETS, HOLOLENS, AND HIGHER ED". The workshop participants will discuss and explore (hands-on - whole body) Mixed Reality Devices, Tools, and Content including the Oculus Rift, Microsoft Hololens and Mixed Reality, SonyVR, Samsung Gear, Google Cardboard, HTC VIVE, and new tools for Augmented Reality.

1. Content and Instructional Tools to Support Your Immersive Learning Initiative 
The emergence of immersive reality devices has opened doors no one knew existed.  Flowing from other industries into the education sector, participants will discuss and explore these devices and their impact. 
Topics include:
- Applications of Content
- Instructional Tools used for Creating and Delivering Content
- Cost 

2. Immersive Learning & Student Services
The real world is not flat after all, so why constrain our student services to experience the digital world on a flat screen? Virtual and augmented reality are changing education. What started out as entertainment gaming has become a pathway to engage learners like never before. 
Topics include:
- Connecting with potential students with virtual 360 campus tours 
- Career Immersion with Mixed Reality 

3. Assessment and Evaluation of Immersive Learning Initiatives
How do you evaluate the effectiveness of your immersive learning initiative?  What benchmarks do you have in place to guide you in assessing your project?  
Topics include:
Continuous improvement practices
- Evaluation and indicators of success