may, 2020

28may9:00 am1:00 pmHybrid Immersive Teaching Symposium (Virtual)9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Extended Reality at Michigan


Event Details

The Center for Academic Innovation, as part of the Extended Reality (XR) at Michigan Initiative, is bringing University of Michigan (U-M) faculty and staff together to explore hybrid remote immersive teaching during a virtual symposium (Zoom) on Thursday, May 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This four-hour virtual event will focus on problem solving and aspirations of immersive teaching and learning. We invite any U-M faculty and staff to register who are interested in XR and immersive teaching and learning, or anyone interested in learning more about the possibilities these technologies can offer including areas such as labs, studies, performance, and collaboration.

Registration for this event has now closed. 

Tentative Agenda (subject to change):

9 – 9:15 a.m. Introduction & Kickoff

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Short presentations from U-M faculty members about work they are doing and how they see the future of XR to support Immersive Teaching and Learning

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. 15 minute break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Breakout groups – problem solving around XR use cases

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. 15 minute break

11:30 – 11:50 a.m. Report out from breakout group discussions

11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Group Discussion – accessibility/equity and faculty/student support

12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. Group Discussion – Next Steps

Some topics to be discussed include:

  • Labs – Scientific
  • Design Studios/Prototyping
  • Performance/Exhibition
  • Seminar/Critical Class Interaction
  • Clinical Practice Based

*Note: Attendees will have the opportunity to select their top two choices from the breakout group topics above. There will also be an option to make a topic suggestion.

Short presentations include:

  • Interaction Design with and for XR Technologies (Michael Nebeling,Assistant Professor School of Information and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science )
  • Empathy! (Empathy?) in the XR Classroom (Sara Blair, Patricia S Yaeger Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature, Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost and Professor of English Language and Literature)
  • Simulations for Nursing/Medicine (Michelle Aebersold, Clinical Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Clinical Associate Professor of Information, School of Information)
  • Prototyping in Engineering (Joanna Millunchick, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Engineering)
  • Creativity and Performance in XR (Anıl Çamcı, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Technology, School of Music, Theatre & Dance)
  • Diversity Equity & Inclusion in the XR Classroom (Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor, Department of American Culture, and Director, Digital Studies Institute)
  • Framing the Fit of XR in Learning Environments (Chris Quintana, Associate Professor of Education, School of Education)

Intended outcomes include:

  • Short term and long term recommendations for XR use in curriculum
  • What XR technology & supports would faculty need?
  • What do students need to participate?
  • Deeper understanding on how these technologies can enhance your learning objectives

Registration for this event has now closed. 

Feel free to send any questions related to this event to Jeremy Nelson, Director, XR Initiative, at

*This virtual event will be recorded and may be published in whole or in part for promotional purposes on University of Michigan websites as well as social media platforms. Your Zoom profile name may also appear in these recordings. Your participation in this event is voluntary, and if you do not wish to appear on video or in recorded audio for these purposes, or if you would like to remain anonymous, you may still participate in the event by using Chat or Q-and-A features and by taking the following steps:

– Muting your video and audio in Zoom
– Removing your Zoom profile picture, if applicable
– Replacing your Zoom name with an alias


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