The XR Initiative

The XR Initiative, founded in September 2019, actively engages the University of Michigan community with knowledge and content through immersive technology. The XR Initiative actively works with all 19 schools and colleges to fund new projects and provide consultation. This initiative will formally ask us to consider how we can leverage emerging XR technologies to strengthen the quality of a Michigan education, cultivate an interdisciplinary scholarly community of practice at Michigan, and enhance a nationwide network for academic innovation.

What is XR?

Extended reality (XR) is an umbrella term to describe augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) technologies. AR consists of graphics being superimposed on top of the real world, VR put the user into a fully immersive environment, and MR is a mix of the two.

XR Initiative Goals


Work with university faculty to actively look for new ideas and opportunities to support


Make XR technology more accessible on campus and encourage its use in higher education


Develop new XR related educational technology that enhance the learning experience for students


Schedule a 30-minute talk with us so we can learn about your idea, goals and needs


The XR Initiative can provide resources and feedback to help achieve your goals


Your relationship with the XR initiative continues even after your project


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XR Resources


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XR Collaborators

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XR for Everybody MOOC Reference

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XR Graduate Certificate

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