November 19: Experiences and practice in using AR and VR in Higher Education

The focus of the agenda was on how, why and when universities and other higher education institutions are introducing extended reality. We shared experience about production practices, discussed topics like the responsible use of AR and VR as well as explored different collaboration models.

The second day of the conference was supported by XR ERA (a community for extended reality for education and research in academia), an initiative of the Centre for Innovation, Leiden University, the Netherlands which is a member of the Media & Learning Association.

10:00–10:05 Welcome

Host for the day: Sally Reynolds, Media & Learning Association

10:05–11:00 Getting to grips with extending reality in Higher Education

AR, VR, XR – they all offer tremendous opportunities for universities by extending the possibilities of online learning to an extent previously impossible. During this session our panellists will talk about AR and VR and how this technology is evolving in higher education

Panellists:

Followed by discussion and Q&A

Moderator: Sónia Hetzner, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany

11:00–11:30 Researching the learning possibilities offered by XR

Presentation and discussion session on research into the power and impact of AR/VR as a learning tool.

Panellists:

Moderator: Jelger Kroese, Centre for Innovation, Leiden University, The Netherlands

11:30–13:00 Demo and showcase session presenting different apps

Putting AR and VR into practice: this demo session will showcase different examples of AR and VR in use in different educational settings.

11:30: Cultural education

11:45: Teaching in Higher Education 

  • Martin Khechara, University of Wolverhampton, UK A very brief review of Simple Augmented reality in the flipped laboratory and the future of Steroscopic 3D video for laboratory practice using the Panopto app
  • Fun Man Fung, National University of Singapore, Singapore Using an AR App to super-charge learning organic chemistry (video)

12:00: Vocational training and school apps

  • Kim Dekeyser, ITEC, KU Leuven, Belgium Use of AR and VR for assembly tasks in vocational education
  • Juliet Desmet, ITEC, KU Leuven, Belgium Introduction to XR projects for schools in SmartEducation@Schools

12:10: Medical apps

Moderators: Matt Howcroft, University of Derby, UK & Remco van Schadewijk, LIMEL KU Leuven, Belgium

13:00–13:30 New technology, new technical challenges

Working with XR, producers run into entirely new problems. In this interactive session, we’ll share the struggle of producing high-quality 360 video for education. Then we’ll open up the floor to everyone: what kind of struggles are you facing? How have you dealt with them?

Thomas Ginn, Centre for Innovation, Leiden University, The Netherlands (presentation)

Moderator: Javier Aleuanlli, Centre for Innovation, Leiden University, The Netherlands

13:30–14:30 Moving mainstream with AR and VR in Higher Education

This presentation session will provide an opportunity to hear how various centres of excellence in the use of AR/VR view the future for this technology.

Panellists:

Moderator: Carel Jansen, Centre for Innovation, Leiden University, The Netherlands

14:30–15:00 Discussion and Q&A

Join our panellists Carl Boel, Jeremy Nelson and Dominic Pates for a Q&A session

Moderator: Carel Jansen, Centre for Innovation, Leiden University, The Netherlands

15:00–15:30 Responsible XR: Leading XR technology before it leads us

A discussion session with Dhoya Snijders, The Rathenau Institute, The Netherlands, Donna Schipper and Thomas Ginn, Centre for Innovation, Leiden University, The Netherlands 

Extended Reality (XR) is becoming increasingly popular in academia. The technological development of these technologies is so fast that we risk implementing them in education and research without careful consideration. To safeguard academic standards and values, there is a need for the development of knowledge, tools, and guidelines for use and implementation of XR tech. Join us for this discussion on what is needed to steer XR technology in the right direction.

Moderator: Javier Aleuanlli, Centre for Innovation, Leiden University, The Netherlands

15:30–16:30 XR in Higher Education in 2030 – relic or everyday tool – the choice is yours

During this interactive session, we will move 10 years ahead and look at potential future opportunities of XR in Higher Education. Which future do you believe or hope for? It's up to you to decide! 

Panellists:

Moderator: Joasia van Kooten, Centre for Innovation, Leiden University, The Netherlands