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

The Immersive Learning Realities Symposium was held on Friday 27 October at Nathan campus. The day featured keynote presentations by Alex Freeman from the New Media Consortium and Rey Fleming from Microsoft, examples of immersive learning at Griffith and opportunities 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

Session Details
Welcome to Country and Symposium Opening
Keynote

Connecting the Dots: Impact Statements from the NMC Horizon Project

Alex Freeman (New Media Consortium)

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First-hand Virtual Reality (VR)

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

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VR Healthcare Training

Gary Grant (Griffith Health)

Presentation

Hollywood hits the outback

Ashley Burgess (Griffith Film School)

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Immersive Learning in Practice

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

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

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Blurred Minds: the experience

Dr Timo Dietrich (Griffith Business School)

Keynote

What's next?

Ray Fleming (Education Solutions Lead, Microsoft Australia)

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 Alex Freeman

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.

What’s next?

Presented by Ray Fleming (Education Solutions Lead, Microsoft Australia)

The research labs of tech companies around the world are continuing to produce more technologies – so we’ll constantly be living in a world of integrating emergent technologies into learning.

Ray Fleming from Microsoft will share some stories from the future, and examples happening outside of Australia and outside of the education sector, to give an insight into what might change next – and how to be ready.

About Ray Fleming

Ray Fleming is the Education Solutions Lead for Microsoft Australia, and has spent 30 years working within the education ICT industry. Ray has been a senior manager at a number of large Education IT companies. Much of Ray’s work involves bridging the gap between the technology industry and education – helping each side to better understand the other, and creating stories that help both sides to discuss the impact that ICT could have upon education in the future.

Hollywood hits the outback

Presented by Ashley Burgess (Griffith Film School)

Students from the Griffith Film School headed to the Australian Outback 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.

About Ashley Burgess

With over two hundred credits as a writer, director and producer, Ashley Burgess is a specialist cross-cultural filmmaker, who has directed feature films, broadcast documentaries and radio dramas in seven languages and eight countries. Ashley holds a first-class honours degree in Film and Theatre (Griffith University), with postgraduate qualifications in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Adelaide University) and Philosophy (Monash University). At the Griffith Film School, he is responsible for special projects (such as Hollywood in the Outback) where he enjoys a strong focus on international engagement and co-productions.

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)

The session demonstrates how virtual reality and mixed reality can be used to expose students to the workplace at early stages of their learning. Exposure can be used to direct learning and enhance student engagement. The workshop demonstrates a range of technologies that have been used to deliver an innovative virtual learning environment.

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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.