Exploring the Immersive Learning Landscape: Headsets, HoloLens, and Higher Ed

Summer Webinar Series, June  7 – August 23, 2017

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Join the Online Learning Consortium, the Tennessee Board of Regents and Drexel University Online for this lunch-hour webinar series as we explore the rapidly evolving field of virtual, augmented and mixed realities within the context of online, blended and digital learning. Designed to further your knowledge and provide you an understanding of emerging best practices, each sixty-minute webinar will feature a panel of experts on the given topic. There will be a ten-minute Q & A at the end of each webinar.

Unable to attend the live webinars due to schedule conflicts? Just find out about this series and miss the first few webinars? No problem! You can join us at any point during the series and after it is completed too! As part of this summer program, you will also have access to a community space in our LMS, Moodle. This community space will be used as a content repository where you can find session materials (presentation slides and webinar recordings) that you can watch at your convenience. There will also be curated resources to explore and a discussion forum for each webinar topic so you can continue the conversation with your colleagues and share additional resources. Content will be available to you for an entire year after the series is completed.

VIRTUAL REALITY IN ONLINE TEACHING - WEBINAR

Webinar 1: The Immersive Learning Landscape

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In this webinar, learn all about the immersive learning landscape and discover some of the amazing initiatives being spearheaded by institutions using virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. Gain a clear understanding of these emerging environments and innovative applications in online learning.  

Topics include:

  • Defining Immersive Learning

  • The Landscape of Applications and Challenges Addressed

  • Showcased Examples from Virtually Inspired and More

Presenters:

Dr. Susan C. Aldridge – President, Drexel University Online and Co-anchor of Virtually Inspired
Ms. Marci Powell – Co-anchor of Virtually Inspired and USDLA – Chair Emerita and Past President

Moderator:

Robbie Melton Dr. Robbie Melton – Associate Vice-Chancellor of Tennessee Board of Regents

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Webinar 2: Strategic Planning for Immersive Learning Initiatives

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What does it take to implement immersive reality (VR/AR/holograms) initiative in your system, at your institution, and within your classroom?  Curious about the costs, planning, time, and resources that are involved supporting immersive learning implementation at the system, college, divisional and classroom/faculty levels?  Not sure of the process of determining the hardware and technologies to use? Join our panel of experts as they share lessons learned and best practices about planning strategically for successful implementation of immersive learning initiatives for enhancing teaching and learning.

Topics include:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Funding and Resources
  • Professional Development & Training
  • Implementation, Assessment and Evaluation
  • Scalability and Partnerships  

Presenters:

Robbie Melton Dr. Robbie Melton – Associate Vice-Chancellor of Tennessee Board of Regents
Dr. Michael Torrence – Assistant Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Volunteer State
Dr. Jeff Horner – Dean of Natural Sciences at Walters State
Dr. Matthew Smith – Associate Professor of Chemistry at Walters State

 

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Webinar 3: Content and Instructional Tools to Support Your Immersive Learning Initiative

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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

Presenters:

Mr. Donald Choate – Developer – Walters State and Tennessee Board of Regents
Dr. Farah Bennani – Associate Dean for Science and Math at Colorado Community Colleges Online
Ms. Darlene Smith – Associate Professor, Walters State Community College

 

Moderator:

Robbie Melton Dr. Robbie Melton – Associate Vice-Chancellor of Tennessee Board of Regents

 

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Webinar 4: Immersive Learning & Student Services

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The real world is not flat after all, so why constrain our student services to experience the digital world on a flat screen? The shift from 2D to 3D is as natural as adding color to movies and television was in the 1950’s.a. In many ways, it is even more impactful. Virtual and augmented reality are changing education. What started out as something that was simply “cool” has become a way to engage learners like never before. Join us to experience new ways to connect with students in the higher education space.

Topics include:

  • Connecting with potential students with virtual 360 campus tours (Yale example)
  • Career Immersion with Mixed Reality  (Job Simulator, the 2050 Archives by Oculus Rift)
  • Business Networking/Social Media with Mixed Reality Examples
  • Holographic Student Interviews
  • Bringing Study Abroad Home and Developing Cultural Competency
  • Reshaping Study Abroad Programs Through Virtual and Augmented Reality

Presenters:

Ms. Corinne L. Hoisington – Professor of Information Systems Technology at Central Virginia Community College
Ms. Denise Malloy – Assistant Professor at Southwest Tennessee Community College

 

Moderator:

Dr. Michael Torrence – Assistant Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Volunteer State

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Webinar 5: Assessment and Evaluation of Immersive Learning Initiatives

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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?  Join our panel of experts to learn more about tools and strategies they have used to evaluate and improve their immersive learning projects.

Topics include:

  • Continuous improvement practices
  • Evaluation and indicators of success

Presenters:

Mr. Donald Choate – Developer – Walters State and Tennessee Board of Regents
Dr. Michael Torrence – Assistant Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Volunteer State

Moderator:

Robbie Melton Dr. Robbie Melton – Associate Vice-Chancellor of Tennessee Board of Regents

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

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