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Virtual Reality

Virtual Teaching Conference

Virtual Teaching:  VR, AR, and 360° Video in Higher Education Conference

Virtual Reality (VR) and related technologies (augmented reality, extended reality, 360 video, etc.) have the potential to revolutionize higher education in much the same way as flight simulators have revolutionized pilot training and VR has revolutionized architecture. The purpose of this conference is to bring together research on the use of these technologies in higher education and practical applications of these tools that are in use in classrooms or are in development. In addition to sharing and hearing research results, participants will have the opportunity for hands-on experience.

The conference will take place March 8-10, 2020 on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Registration is coming soon.

For the conference, three calls have been issued. 

  1. A traditional Call for Papers soliciting research and theory that inform the use of these technologies in the classroom.
  2. A Call for Panels soliciting leading experts to discuss specific topics and answer questions by the audience.
  3. A Call for Showcase Presentations soliciting software, applications, games, and other materials that deliver educational experiences in higher education.

The submission deadline for all calls is November 22, 2019. Submissions in the "Call for Papers" and "Call for Showcase Presentations" categories will be peer-reviewed with feedback to the authors.

To provide the most comprehensive coverage of the topic, submissions are encouraged addressing quantitative, qualitative, economic, theoretical, practical, pedagogical, historical, and/or cultural dimensions of virtual reality and related technologies. 

For more information about any aspect of the conference, please contact conference chair Augie Grant at or 803-777-8276.

The conference is co-sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computing, the College of Education, the College of Information and Communication, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Office of Distributed Learning at the University of South Carolina. 

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