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Friday, October 1, 2021 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

Location: Online

Facilitator: Mark Morton (CTE) & Gillian Dabrowski (Centre for Extended Learning) 

Presenter: Ishan Abeywardena, Associate Director, Systems, Centre for Extended Learning


XR Community of Practice: Open Extended Reality for Education Framework

Three major barriers hinder the wider adoption of XR in education: (a) the lack of content, tools and skills; (b) the lack of sound pedagogy and instructional design; and (c) sustainability. In this session, Ishan Abeywardena will introduce a conceptual framework he has developed called the Open Extended Reality for Education Framework (OXREF). The framework describes a holistic solution to XR object creation, implementation, and deployment covering pedagogical, technical, and administrative perspectives. The novelty of this framework is the ability to build immersive XR projects in a scalable and sustainable manner promoting openness, accessibility, equity, reuse, and collaboration by harnessing the full potential of OER and free and open-source software (FOSS) while utilizing cloud-based infrastructure for large-scale distribution and outreach.  


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