december, 2020

05dec5:00 pm5:30 pmFeaturedSOS: Extended Envs Supports for Expansion - an Educator's Plea5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Keynote Auditorium

Speakers for this event

  • Eileen O'Connor / Eileen Oconnor

    Eileen O'Connor / Eileen Oconnor

    Dr. Eileen O’Connor began her professional career as a chemist for government and industry then worked for IBM during the 1980’s. She then moved into technology and science education. She has worked in higher education bringing technology into science education and technology education courses since the late 1990’s. Virtual Reality education has been a focus area within her research and development efforts.


Event Details

This presentation will highlight some basic best practices that have emerged over 15 years of bringing higher education students into VR environments. Then, areas where additional support and community could help stand-alone educators (with little institutional support) bring open-sim environments to expanded audiences will be raised, seeking to operationalize wiki-like areas of communication that could bridge educators and technologist through important shared concerns. Topics integrate areas such as: professional and child-focused avatar creation, security, IT components, working with IT departments, institutional buy-in, instructional design support, and the like. The plea is to find collective and communal ways to share, develop and leverage a knowledge base that can facilitate conversations at the interstices of the expanding VR environments.