Exploring New Ways to Educate – Virtual Reality Conference is Coming to Campus

the “XR Festival”, presented by the Christ in Media Institute at Bethany Lutheran College (BLC), will be held on the BLC campus April 1-2, 2022. XR = Extended Reality, which includes Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).

In preparation for the on-campus event, Lutheran high schools across the country were invited to participate in the festival in two ways. The first option involves students and teachers attending XR Festival activities on April 1 and 2, and second, these same schools are also invited to participate in the “XR Project” during the current school year, that is- i.e. to form a team of students who will explore “expanded reality” and (perhaps) come up with ways to use VR and AR technology in meaningful educational situations or in the gospel outreach effort . Schools accepting the assignment will send their student teams and advisors to the Festival to present a ‘show and tell’ of their best ideas.

Online registration for the Festival started in January 2022 and continues until March. Five high schools have already registered and are participating in the research/meeting of ideas during this school year:

  • California Lutheran High School
  • Fox Valley Lutheran Secondary School
  • Luther High School, Onalaska
  • Northland Lutheran Secondary School
  • Holy Cross Lutheran Academy

XR Festival keynote speaker is Christine Lion Bailey. Lion-Bailey is the Chief Strategy Officer of Ready Learner One, LLC, a provider of innovative learning and training solutions. She is an instructional design expert with a clear vision of how technology of all types can enhance the overall learning experience. She is co-author of Reality Bytes: Innovative Learning Using Augmented and Virtual Reality and The Esports Education as well as numerous articles and publications on innovative learning and leadership. She is also the Director of Technology and Innovation and Principal of Elementary in the Morris Plains School District in New Jersey, and Adjunct Professor at Ramapo College in New Jersey where she teaches instructional technology to undergraduate students. .

Lion-Bailey’s presentation will be thought provoking for all educators interested in integrating virtual reality into their curriculum, including home educators.

Although the XR Festival in Bethany focuses on educational uses, the event is open to anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating and useful technology, including the exciting applications of extended reality in medicine, various types of therapies , care facilities, real estate , and other sales and marketing, training, and law enforcement programs.

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