Reshaping Study Abroad Programs Through Virtual and Augmented Reality

Concurrent Session 8
Streamed Session Community College

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Brief Abstract

Come take a virtual reality (VR) journey "down under" with Tennessee Board of Regents professors! Grounded in Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory,  we used VR and AR to share historical background about Australia and equipped learners with cultural competencies that enhanced their on-ground experiences and cultural sensitivities.


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.
LaDonna Young, Ed.D., currently serves as the Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mathematics at Southwest Tennessee Community College. Known as the 'culture queen,' Dr. Young’s professional and teaching career has centered around two central themes: 1) developing highly successful programs, initiatives, and best practices for minority, marginalized, and underrepresented populations and 2) teaching, coaching, and empowering the professionals charged to educate, treat, or advocate for them. Her work emerges from self-exploration, social justice and commitment to underrepresented populations. Her passion for presenting, teaching and consulting expertise has afforded her opportunities to travel in a professional capacity around the country and internationally to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, Paris, France, and Sydney, Australia. Dr. Young earned her Ed.D. and MA degrees from the University of Memphis and her BA from Christian Brothers University.

Extended Abstract

Come take a virtual reality (VR) journey “down under” with Southwest Tennessee Community College! While many study abroad programs incorporate some element of technology, our Sydney, Australia program is one of the first to implement two emerging technologies: augmented and virtual reality. Attendees will learn about the “flipped classroom approach” we took which resulted in students publishing their iBook final project. We will share how we blended our disciplines--Sociology and Education--and grounded our pedagogy in Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory in using VR and the augmented. Students used VR and the augmented reality app, Aurasma, to learn about the history and cultures in Australia, leaving the U.S. equipped with cultural competencies that enhanced their on-ground experiences and cultural sensitivities. Finally, courtesy of our students’ 360 VR video footage, attendees will be virtually transported to the outback of Australia’s Blue Mountains and listen in on a lecture from an Aboriginal tour guide. We will demonstrate our use of the technologies so that attendees will have an added skill to take back with them to class or into their training programs.