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iLRN 2020

iLRN 2020: 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network
Organized in conjunction with Educators in VR
Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Education Society
June 21-25, 2020, Now Fully Online and in Virtual Reality!!!
Conference theme: “Vision 20/20: Hindsight, Insight, and Foresight in XR and Immersive Learning”
Conference website: https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2020/
*** FREE registration for non-presenter EDU attendees until April 19th ***
##### TOPIC AREAS #####
XR and immersive learning in/for:
– Serious Games
– Medical & Healthcare
– Workforce & Industry
– Culture & Language
– K-12
– Museums & Libraries
– Special Education
– Geosciences
– Data Visualization
##### SESSION TYPES/ACTIVITIES #####
– Keynotes and plenaries
– Academic stream presentations (with peer-reviewed proceedings for submission to IEEE Xplore)
– Practitioner stream presentations (no paper required)
– Poster and exhibition sessions
– Workshops
– Panel sessions
– Special sessions
– Immersive Learning Adventures
– Immersive Learning Project Showcase & Competition
– Game Night
– Virtual Awards Banquet & Masquerade Ball
##### INTERESTED IN ATTENDING? #####
For a limited time, free registration is being offered to faculty, students, and staff of educational institutions (including K-12 schools/districts, universities, colleges, museums, and libraries) who wish to attend but will NOT be presenting at the conference or publishing in the proceedings. To take advantage of this offer, you must register by April 19, 2020 using an email address associated with your educational institution:
https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fimmersivelrn.org%2Filrn2020%2Filrn-2020-fees-registration%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cpmiltenoff%40STCLOUDSTATE.EDU%7C18042fee4df246db0d4b08d7da283e4b%7C5011c7c60ab446ab9ef4fae74a921a7f%7C0%7C0%7C637217738689183646&sdata=8D%2BIdSk4F5WrvHhPpV5Bjw00NvsfRS669vv%2F1anSyFE%3D&reserved=0
##### INTERESTED IN PRESENTING? #####
Submissions of Practitioner presentation and poster proposals; proposals for workshops, panel sessions, and special sessions; as well as Academic Work-in-progress papers (for delivery as posters or as part of the doctoral colloquium) are being accepted until the late-round submission deadline of April 19, 2020. See the Call for Papers and Proposals at https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fimmersivelrn.org%2Filrn2020%2Fcall-for-papers-proposals%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cpmiltenoff%40STCLOUDSTATE.EDU%7C18042fee4df246db0d4b08d7da283e4b%7C5011c7c60ab446ab9ef4fae74a921a7f%7C0%7C0%7C637217738689183646&sdata=LVkDtui3de5QKdg8Q2dCmox2xb%2F5Oo85HtQXfMuERdA%3D&reserved=0.
Proposals for the Immersive Learning Project Showcase & Competition may be submitted at https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fimmersivelrn.org%2Filrn2020%2Fimmersive-learning-project-showcase%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cpmiltenoff%40STCLOUDSTATE.EDU%7C18042fee4df246db0d4b08d7da283e4b%7C5011c7c60ab446ab9ef4fae74a921a7f%7C0%7C0%7C637217738689183646&sdata=JH3PY8FL5hHvXkayKzS7mQLj3nmNoExzcQTnoBZp3yw%3D&reserved=0until April 30, 2020.
No further Academic Full and Short paper submissions are being considered at this stage.
##### INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR REVIEWING? #####
A range of volunteer opportunities are available, including conference internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Some of the roles currently available include session chair/facilitator, moderator, audio-visual/technical support, virtual event greeter/usher, virtual event photographer, virtual event videographer/livestreamer, 2D artist / illustrator
3D artist / modeler, graphic designer, and general conference intern. For details and to apply for one or more of these roles, please visit https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fimmersivelrn.org%2Filrn2020%2Fvolunteer-opportunities&data=02%7C01%7Cpmiltenoff%40STCLOUDSTATE.EDU%7C18042fee4df246db0d4b08d7da283e4b%7C5011c7c60ab446ab9ef4fae74a921a7f%7C0%7C0%7C637217738689183646&sdata=MDe2N4jth2anSyTR3cpHwoH8zdwlxCbS8JZmJheWTJc%3D&reserved=0
Expressions of interest are also being solicited from scholars and practitioners wishing to join the iLRN 2020 Program Committee to peer review papers and proposals received in the late submission round (closing April 19, 2020). The late-round submissions will be no longer than 3 pages in length, and each Program Committee member will be asked to review no more than two submissions.
##### INTERESTED IN SPONSORING OR EXHIBITING? #####
A number of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available for organizations to:
– Meet and interact with key educational stakeholders
– Showcase their products and services
– Connect and collaborate with top researchers / scientists
– Build and strengthen customer / client relationships.
Packages range from US$500 for a basic virtual exhibit booth to US$15,000 for an exclusive Gold Sponsorship.
For information about the packages available, visit https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fimmersivelrn.org%2Filrn2020%2Fsponsorships-and-exhibitions&data=02%7C01%7Cpmiltenoff%40STCLOUDSTATE.EDU%7C18042fee4df246db0d4b08d7da283e4b%7C5011c7c60ab446ab9ef4fae74a921a7f%7C0%7C0%7C637217738689183646&sdata=3M7ADMO9NDE51rrmC5ycoy8RgL0Y%2BnPyH1DW%2F45xRNc%3D&reserved=0
##### INTERESTED IN JOINING ILRN? (FREE) #####
Basic individual membership of the Immersive Learning Research Network is currently free; you can sign up at https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fimmersivelrn.org%2Fget-involved%2Fmembership%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cpmiltenoff%40STCLOUDSTATE.EDU%7C18042fee4df246db0d4b08d7da283e4b%7C5011c7c60ab446ab9ef4fae74a921a7f%7C0%7C0%7C637217738689183646&sdata=nZg7GBgGiaozJ2l7GNM8b42v%2FnxQvv73F4CrfIqRMkw%3D&reserved=0.
Fee-based premium individual memberships and organizational memberships will be introduced in the near future.
##### CONTACT #####
Email: conference@immersivelrn.org
Web: https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fimmersivelrn.org%2Filrn2020&data=02%7C01%7Cpmiltenoff%40STCLOUDSTATE.EDU%7C18042fee4df246db0d4b08d7da283e4b%7C5011c7c60ab446ab9ef4fae74a921a7f%7C0%7C0%7C637217738689183646&sdata=fcCXlkfgohdTjaitYkgcZmZp73cdd0ylUt%2FgMFiwAQk%3D&reserved=0

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more about Educators in VR in this IMS blog
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=educators+in+vr

lessons with interactive 3D

BUILD A LESSON PLAN USING INTERACTIVE 3D FOR A CHANCE TO WIN CASH PRIZES

Students love playing games like Fortnite. What if they could enjoy learning history, math, science, or social studies while they play and create?

Epic Games invites secondary school teachers to submit lesson plans that utilize interactive 3D technology to engage their students for a chance to win cash prizes up to $25,000. To enter the contest, submit a new or existing lesson plan that incorporates Fortnite CreativeTwinmotion, or Unreal Engine by May 31, 2020.

Lesson plans can cover any topic for ages 13 and up—whether that’s a core subject like history, math, or science, or vocational skills like game design, engineering, or urban planning. Need help teaching with real-time tools? We have so many resources and lesson plan examples to help you get started!

https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/events/interactive-3d-contest

monitoring activities in Zoom

\Asking for a “friend,” does anyone know if on a Zoom call whether the host can tell if you’ve navigated to another window – i.e., multi-tasking? I’ve heard of teachers threatening students with this capability.

— Scott Kupor (@skupor) March 11, 2020

My note: From a pedagogical point of view, the bigger question is: does one (instructor) need to “big brother” students’ activities, in this case multi-tasking on another window.
Blast from the past:
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2017/04/03/use-of-laptops-in-the-classroom/ 
Here is the collection of opinions regarding a similar issue 15 years ago: do we have to let students use Internet-connected laptops in the class room and 5 years ago: can we let students use smart phones in the classroom.
The opinion i liked most and side with it: if we (the instructors) are not able to create arresting content and class presence, we should not blame students for straying away from our activities. It does not matter how much control Zoom will give us to “big brother” students, it is up to our teaching, not to the technology to keep students learning
#Gaming #gamification

10 years in ed tech

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-12-31-when-education-giants-stumbled-and-data-ruled

The tools that have delivered are specific, targeted solutions that are easy to use and provide teachers and students delight. Simple solutions, like Read 180, which helps accelerate learning for struggling students, still deliver 20 years later, now under Houghton Mifflin Harcourt instead of Scholastic. Accelerated Reader, a product that started more than 30 years ago, still motivates kids to read.

Companies that aim to provide student data in a usable fashion, like Schoology, still provide value.

the promise of data in education is still proving itself. It has taken awhile, but we’re getting to a point where data is more actionable. Renaissance just acquired Schoolzilla, which was launched in 2011, for this reason.

When it comes to devices, many kids today have access to iPads or Chromebooks. Although one-to-one computing hasn’t been as transformational as some predicted in 2010, we’ve certainly seen a huge shift

Most of these [textbook providers] companies tried to re-platform every unique product into one monolithic model, but the promise didn’t pan out—the products proved clunky and hard to use

Predictions that educators would want more assessment data to drive instruction have proven true. https://www.renaissance.com/

The prediction that digital reading would be simple and easy to implement has also proven true.

Virtual reality hasn’t panned out yet.

The rise of gaming in education was another prediction that has largely faded.

started to solve the challenge of data interoperability and portability.

Alongside that, privacy and data responsibility are still a problem

The role of the teacher, however, is still critical. Rather than take over responsibility for educating students, technology’s role should be—and increasingly is—to put multiple options into educators’ hands to easily solve different types of challenges for individual students.

 

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more on technology for the last decade
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2020/01/02/100-tech-debacles-of-the-decade/

AI and XR and Educational Gaming

AI and Mixed Reality Drive Educational Gaming into ‘Boom Phase’

By Dian Schaffhauser 09/16/19

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/09/16/ai-and-mixed-reality-drive-educational-gaming-into-boom-phase.aspx

Artificial intelligence and mixed reality have driven demand in learning games around the world, according to a new report by Metaari. A five-year forecast has predicted that educational gaming will reach $24 billion by 2024, with a compound annual growth rate of 33 percent and a quadrupling of revenues. Metaari is an analyst firm that tracks advanced learning technology.

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