Immersive Learning Realities Symposium

Explore emergent technologies and immersive learning strategies in use across higher education right now

Join us on Friday 27 October at Nathan campus for the Immersive Learning Realities Symposium. The day will feature a keynote presentation by Alex Freeman from New Media Consortium, examples of immersive learning at Griffith and the chance to see how emergent technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and 360 degree video can enhance learning in today's context.

Program

Time Session Details
10.00 am – 10.15 am Welcome to Country and Symposium Opening

0.06 (N55)

10.15 am – 11.15 am Keynote

0.06 (N55)

Connecting the Dots: Impact Statements from the NMC Horizon Project

Alex Freeman (New Media Consortium)

11.20 am – noon Shortbyte #1 a

1.04 (N76)

First-hand Virtual Reality (VR)

Brad Harrison, Sean Duffy and Michael Cafe (Learning Futures)>

11.20 am – noon Shortbyte #1 b

1.02/1.03 (N76)

VR Healthcare Training

Gary Grant (Griffith Health)

noon – 1.00 pm Lunch

Balcony (N76)

1.00 pm – 1.30 pm Presentation

0.06 (N55)

Hollywood hits the outback

Ashley Burgess (Griffith Film School)

1.35 pm – 2.10 pm Shortbyte #2 a

1.04 (N76)

Immersive Learning in Practice

Brad Harrison, Sean Duffy and Michael Cafe (Learning Futures)

1.35 pm – 2.10 pm Shortbyte #2 b

1.01 (N76)

Feeling the pressure: Using branching filmed scenarios in an orientation program to situate nursing students in correctional institution situations

Rhonda Beggs, Assoc Professor Thea van de Mortel and Dr Judith Needham Director (Griffith Health) and Cynthia Tait (Learning Futures)

1.35 pm – 2.10 pm Shortbyte #3 c

1.02/1.03 (N76)

Blurred Minds: the experience

Dr Timo Dietrich (Griffith Business School)

2.15 pm – 3.00 pm Keynote

To be confirmed

0.06 (N55)

Further details will be available soon

Keynote Address

Connecting the Dots: Impact Statements from the NMC Horizon Project

Presented by Alex Freeman

Impact Statements help tell a larger story about the overarching themes driving progress in — or impeding — teaching, learning and creative inquiry in formal education.

Each of the Horizon Report’s 18 topics can be placed into one (or more) of six Impact Statements that reflect movements in higher education and schools: Spurring Innovation, Fostering Authentic Learning, Tracking and Evaluating Evidence, and more.

This presentation will feature the latest research on advances in technology related to teaching, learning and scholarship under these six organising themes.

About the New Media Consortium

Based in the United States, the New Media Consortium has long had a connection with the Australian Higher Education landscape and Griffith University especially. NMC began the NMC Horizon Project in 2002 and released the very first global NMC Horizon Report ‘Horizon Report: Australia-New Zealand Edition’ (developed in partnership with the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative) in 2008.

In 2012 Griffith University partnered with NMC to produce the 2012 Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education, and Griffith University Learning and Teaching innovations have featured in several NMC Horizon Reports since.

Alex Freeman

Senior Director of Membership and Special Projects, New Media Consortium (NMC)

Alex Freeman is the NMC's Senior Director of Membership and Special Projects. He is responsible for the management and coordination of special projects, especially those that serve the NMC’s member communities. Alex produces online and face-to-face professional development programs, and is co-author and researcher for NMC Horizon Project publications, which analyses technology uptake across global higher education, schools, museums and libraries.

Alex Freeman

Presentations and virtual reality experiences

Student using virtual reality headset

First-hand Virtual Reality (VR)

Brad Harrison, Sean Duffy and Michael Cafe (Learning Futures)

If you’re new to virtual and/or augmented reality and you’d like to experience some of what these technologies offer, this session is designed with you in mind. This introductory session will allow you to experience first hand various levels of immersion and help you to understand the differences between terms such as VR and AR. You will get to use different makes and models of headsets, and be guided by people that actively use the technology while you explore various entry level experiences.

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VR Healthcare Training

Dr Gary Grant (Griffith Health)

Further information about this session will be available soon.

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Hollywood hits the outback

Ashley Burgess (Griffith Film School)

Students from the Griffith Film School headed to the Australian Outback in July to write, shoot, edit and screen a short film as part of the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival. This two week filmmaking bootcamp brought together students from the Griffith Film School, the Beijing Film Academy and the Film and Television Institute of India. While participating in this immersive learning experience, students learnt about cross-cultural collaboration, screen craft and effective storytelling. Ashley will share insights from this special project in this presentation.

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Student using virtual reality headset

Immersive Learning in Practice

Brad Harrison, Sean Duffy and Michael Cafe (Learning Futures)

Virtual reality is revolutionising education by allowing students to experience and interact with diverse simulated environments. See how others are using VR to take students to previously inaccessible places and environments. These experiences allow for experimentation too dangerous to undertake in real life, enhance employability skills, and build empathy by stepping into another's shoes.

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Feeling the pressure: Using branching filmed scenarios in an orientation program to situate nursing students in correctional institution situations

Rhonda Beggs, Associate Professor Thea van de Mortel and Dr Judith Needham Director (Griffith Health) and Cynthia Tait (Learning Futures)

To support students to consider the implications of their professional decisions in complex stressful environments requires them to experience the possible consequences of those decisions. Branching narrative structures in resources allow students to see possible outcomes and to situate themselves and experience both the emotional weight and the complexity of future professional environments. Join as at this session to find out more about this collaboration between Learning Futures and the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

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Blurred Minds: The Experience

Dr Timo Dietrich (Griffith Business School)

The Blurred Minds program is a gamified alcohol education program that features the world’s first Virtual Reality house party. It is a gamified drama that unfolds at a teen house party, with a range of storylines determined by the user as they watch and drink...or don’t drink. This groundbreaking project is a collaborative effort led by the Social Marketing @ Griffith researchers, working with LiveLab (Griffith Film School), Learning Futures and ICT’s Idea Lab. Join Dr Timo Dietrich and PhD candidate James Durl to find out more about this project and to experience the house party for yourself.

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Session details

Date
Friday 27 October
Time
10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Location
0.06 Environment 1 (N55), Nathan campus

How to register

Log in to the Staff portal > Key Services > My Staff Page > Training > Request Training Enrolment > Search by Course Number.
Enter the Course Number G13019.

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