Beyond Zoom: XR For Teaching And Research In The COVID-19 Era

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Brief Abstract

XR—a catchall term that includes augmented and virtual reality and spatial and pervasive computing—holds potential and challenges for educational use under pandemic conditions. On August 7, Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania held a conference to explore this potential and the challenges. This session is a short compilation of selected presentations from that conference, including "From the Chaos of COVID-19 to Immersive Initiative Opportunities" by Bill Egan, "Project Komodo: Catalyzing Browser-Based VR Instruction" presented by Brandon Dang, and "Multi-user VR for Remote Teaching – Initial Results" by Matthew McGinty. The full set of presentations from this conference are available at


John P. Bell is a software developer and artist at Dartmouth College. His work there includes acting as Director of the Data Experiences and Visualizations Studio, Associate Director of the Media Ecology Project, Manager of Dartmouth Research Computing‘s Digital Humanities Program, and teaching as a Lecturer in Film and Media Studies. In addition to his work at Dartmouth, he is also an Assistant Professor of Digital Curation at the University of Maine and Senior Researcher at the Still Water Lab.

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