Vision 20/20: Hindsight, Insight, and Foresight in XR and Immersive Learning
“The future is already here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.” ~ William Gibson, author.
Following several decades of confinement to a niche market, XR and immersive technologies have finally broken out into the mainstream, and they are beginning to see rapid adoption and deployment across sectors around the globe. In multiple industries and common human forums—commerce, manufacturing, education and training, healthcare, entertainment, communications, and creative enterprises—the world and its capabilities are changing because of the new types of experience enabled by these technologies and the connections they are able to foster. The theme of iLRN’s 2020 conference emphasizes the need for clear vision in looking at scholarship and practice in the use of XR and immersive technologies for supporting learners and learning, through three main focal lenses:
- Hindsight: Remembering and respecting the history of our field; taking stock of what we have learned and already know; making sure our guiding principles and “accepted wisdom” are grounded in robust scientific evidence
- Insight: Making sense of and navigating our current realities; keeping abreast of trends and developments amid rapidly changing societal, economic, educational, and technological landscapes; seizing opportunities to better serve learners in the here-and-now
- Foresight: Examining possible and probable futures while imagining and shaping those preferred ones; charting the path forward for research, practice, and policy in XR and immersive learning for the betterment of humankind.
Join us at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in the historic and picturesque coastal city of San Luis Obispo, numerous times dubbed the “happiest place in America,” where together we will reflect on and embrace the past, seek to understand the present state-of-the art, and approach the future with optimism and agency as we strive toward maximizing the potential of XR and immersive learning.