september, 2021

30sep1:00 pm2:30 pmAIM Extended Reality (XR): Social learning in Augmented and Virtual Reality1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

AIM Extended Reality (XR)


Event Details

Join us for AIM XR, where we host speakers working with augmented and virtual reality, and everything in between to share their knowledge and engage with the University of Michigan extended reality (XR) community. Event details are listed below and registration is required. This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom.

AIM XR: Social learning in Augmented and Virtual Reality
Panel – Dr. Rebecca Quintana & Dr. Robb Lindgren
September, 30, 2021
1-2:30 p.m. EST


In this discussion, we will hear from faculty at the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan about how they are transforming teaching and learning using XR technologies. We will explore how Dr. Robb Lindgren is using Augmented Reality to explore facilitation of small group collaborations in STEM learning for Astronomy. We will also hear from Dr. Rebecca Quintana about her Winter 2021 course that was taught entirely online with students exploring Extended Reality by using social VR platforms with the Oculus Quest as part of the XR Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Michigan. The talks will be followed by an open discussion with attendees and the presenters.

Attendees will learn:

  • How social learning approaches from the Learning Sciences can inform remote and in person instruction
  • How to effectively reimagine a hands-on, experiential course focused on extended reality (XR) for implementation in a fully online learning environment


  • Dr. Rebecca QuintanaDr. Rebecca Quintana, University of Michigan – In her role as Associate Director, Learning Experience Design at the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Center for Academic Innovation, Quintana leads a team that uses a learner-centered approach to create online learning experiences for diverse audiences of global learners. Quintana is co-director of the Learning Experience Design Graduate Certificate Program, a joint collaboration between U-M’s School of Education and the Center for Academic Innovation, where she oversees students who are engaged in a two-semester residency program. At the start of the pandemic, Quintana led the creation of a MOOC on Resilient Teaching to support educators during the pandemic. In winter of 2021, Quintana developed and taught a course at U-M called Educational Applications of Augmented and Virtual Reality, where students don Oculus Quests and participate in classroom activities virtually. Quintana is also a member of the Diversity Scholars network with the National Center for Institutional Diversity and a faculty affiliate with U-M’s Digital Studies Institute.
  • Dr. Robb LindgrenDr. Robb Lindgren, University of Illinois – Dr. Lindgren’s research examines theories and designs for learning within emerging media platforms (e.g., simulations, virtual environments, mobile devices, video games, augmented and mixed reality, etc.). He seeks to understand how digital technologies can be used to construct new identities and generate new perspectives that lead to stronger comprehension of complex ideas, particularly in STEM content areas. His work investigates how physical, body-based interactions with learning content can facilitate new understandings, and how games and simulations can be effectively designed to take these types of interactions as input. He is also interested in how digital technologies can provide new approaches to assessing learning, such as examining where learners focus their attention, what choices they make, and how well they adapt to new situations. Dr. Lindgren is currently PI of three NSF-funded projects examining how people learn in technology-enhanced environments. He and his lab have created prototypes for several STEM learning games and simulations, and they are currently working with local schools and museums to co-design and iterate on several new technology platforms.


The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is committed to ensuring that our meetings and events are accessible to all individuals. This event will be using Zoom. Please let us know how we can ensure that this event is inclusive to you. What accommodations or access needs can we help facilitate? Contact Trevor Parnell, Events and Marketing Specialist ( with any questions or access needs.


(Thursday) 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST


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