April 19, 2018

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Using Simulation to Support E-Learning

Online learning is here to stay, and the potential is endless when it comes to creating a meaningful, engaging, and accessible experience for students. At BCIT, educators are pushing the envelope with e-learning through the creative use of immersive technologies for a diverse range of subjects. From demonstrating flight dynamics in AR, creating VR medical imaging environments, to exploring shorelines through a 360 VR interactive website, BCIT experts and collaborators are breathing new life into e-learning.

Speakers:

Patrick Pennefather | UBC/Master of Digital Media Program, Assistant Professor

Presentation: Holocopter

The Holocopter project, a collaborative initiative with support from BCIT, SFU, Centre for Digital Media, and UBC, involved the development of an augmented reality software application to demonstrate the flight dynamics of a helicopter rotor head. As part of the Aerospace Maintenance Engineer (AME) program at BCIT, the initiative also involved a research project to study the student learning experience, their conceptual understanding of flight dynamics after using the application, and their insights regarding its usage and effectiveness.

Patrick, co-appointed with UBC Theatre and Film and the Master of Digital Media Program is a designer of interactive experiences, an award-winning sound designer, designer of learning for institutional partners internationally, and supervisor/producer of scalable mixed reality prototypes. 2020-21 highlights: Emerging Media Lab Faculty Residency, i4 Health Conference, SIGGRAPH 2020 Arts Papers Jury & Creative Dev Committee, Leonardo, EdX, Improv Bot, H.I.V.E. @ UBC, small stage. More https://patrickpennefather.com/.

Daniel Block | BCIT Learning Technology Specialist

Presentation: Be the Beam

BCIT is using VR technology to help students to experience a medical imaging environment and learn about radiation physics, medical imaging for two dimensional and three dimensional imaging, engineering of medical imaging equipment, x-ray production, photon energy, electron energy, x-ray image processing, computed and digital radiography, medical imaging accessories, radiation protection and safety, and much more. This project is part of a larger research initiative to assess the efficacy of VR in teaching and learning.

Since 2016, Daniel has worked with programs and faculty at BCIT to incorporate virtual and augmented reality exercises into the classroom to help students visualize complex course material. With colleagues Jennifer Madigan and Francine Anselmo, Daniel is co-developing guidelines for implementing VR/AR in the classroom and performing quantitative research on the efficacy of VR as a teaching tool.

Jennifer Madigan | BCIT Instructional Development Consultant &

Chris Cambon | BCIT Video & Digital Media Producer

Presentation: Assessing Coastal Sustainability Using 360 Degree VR Images

The Green Shores Level 1 course introduces basic environmentally-friendly and sustainable management and development practices for shoreline property owners in marine and freshwater settings. Historically, the course would require participants to travel to islands, such as Savary, Thornmanby, Texada, and Bowen Island, and walk along the shoreline and identify threats and analyze ways for improvement. As an alternative, Dave Harper, the instructor worked with Chris Cambon (BCIT Video and Digital Media Producer) to create a 360 VR interactive website to help facilitate exploration of shorelines, with the hope of reaching a larger audience and spreading Greenshores practices across Canada and North America.

Jennifer has over 20 years of experience as a marketer, instructor and instructional designer. In her previous role, she created and developed online and mobile learning applications. With her colleagues, she is researching the efficacy of virtual reality in teaching and learning in the classroom, while creating a framework to support and guide instructors using VR technology in the classroom.

Chris has over 35 years of experience in the media industry. He works as a video and digital media producer for the LTC, where he and his team create engaging instructional, informational and marketing content in many forms, including 4K Video, photography, audio production, interactive 360 VR videos, and aerial cinematography. As a technology geek, Chris embraces any new platforms for delivering media in a more immersive and creative way.

Moderated by: James Rout | BCIT Associate Vice-President, Education Support and Innovation

James is the executive sponsor for BCIT’s Polytechnic Research Institute for Simulation and Multimedia (PRISM). He has 20 years of leadership experience in higher education, and he serves as a board member of the VR/AR Association (Vancouver). His doctoral research is in the use of augmented and virtual reality simulation technologies to support learning and teaching.

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If you or anyone you know may be interested in presenting their work in using emerging technologies, please email us at emergingmedia.lab@ubc.ca.


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September 2020

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August 2020

Educators and industry experts explore ideas, innovations, and questions surrounding the shift from in-person to online education. About this Event: Are you wondering how you can add further value to your at-a-distance interactions with students in the fall? Are you curious how some educators and learning organizations are creating added value to online education? Do Read more about August 2020[…]

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March 2020

This month’s meeting will be hosted at the National Film Board of Canada in downtown Vancouver from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Friday, March 6, located at 351 Abbott Street in the Screening Room. As per usual, we will have guest presentations from leaders in the emerging technology community share their work, so that we Read more about March 2020[…]

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January 2020

The first meeting of 2020 will be hosted by Microsoft next Friday, January 10 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at 725 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, V7Y 1G5 on the 7th floor. Speaker list: Dr. Chang Lu | postdoc research fellow at Blockchain@UBC. Dr. Chang Lu studies the adoption of Blockchain technology in healthcare from an Read more about January 2020[…]

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December 2019

For this month’s EMBC CoP, we’re doing something a little different. Emerging Media Lab’s Faculty-in-Residence Dr. Patrick Pennefather has put together a holiday special for all! Debunking Myths: The Hazards and Joys of Emerging Tech Development Still have unanswered questions about diving into xR development? Anxious about integrating emerging technology in your teaching, research, artistic Read more about December 2019[…]

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November 2019

Our November EMBC CoP meeting is taking place in the second week of the month as per usual. Innovation UBC will be hosting the event on Friday, November 15 from 3:00-5:00 PM in their space at UBC Robson Square. Speakers: Atif Mahmud, an Emerging Media Lab project lead, will present an introduction to Scholars VR. Read more about November 2019[…]

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October 2019

October 2019 This month’s EMBCoP was centered around the theme “Photogrammetry and 3D Modelling”. Agenda:  1. “Using Phones to Augment Immersive Experiences,” with David Clement  Summary: A series of demonstrations and discussion on ways we can use phones to greatly increase the quality and impact of immersive experiences: Real-time localization using ARKit 3, real-time object detection Read more about October 2019[…]

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June 2019

June 2019  The Emerging Media BC Community of Practice is a community of experts and professionals from academic institutions, industry and community groups, as well as others whose work and interests are related to immersive media and emerging technologies. The June 2019 meeting will be hosted by Vancouver Coastal Health. Agenda:  Welcome, Conrad Cone, VCH Read more about June 2019[…]

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May 2019

May 2019 The Emerging Media BC Community of Practice is a community of experts and professionals from academic institutions, industry and community groups, as well as others whose work and interests are related to immersive media and emerging technologies. The May 2019 meeting will be hosted by the Centre for Digital Media at the Hangar Read more about May 2019[…]

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April 2019

April 2019 The Emerging Media BC Community of Practice is a community of experts and professionals from academic institutions, industry and community groups, as well as others whose work and interests are related to immersive media and emerging technologies. The April 2019 meeting will be hosted at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) Read more about April 2019[…]

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November 2018

We’ll briefly introduce BeThere360 – a digital asset management & distribution platform with 360-ready mobile apps for higher education. We’ll then focus on walking through a demo of BeThere360’s new sync play feature, which allows educators to control video playback across many joined devices in multiple locations. Give your students, colleagues and collaborators an innovative Read more about November 2018[…]

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February 2019

Yao Wang – Industry Speaker Yao Wang is a multimedia composer, sound designer and producer. She started ICTUS, an immersive content creation company that specializes in spatial audio. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Yao worked at MIT for about a year to help integrate VR into their curriculum. Her time is now fully Read more about February 2019[…]

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July 2018

Dr. Stoo Sepp, University of Wollongong | Human movement, cognition and learning: Implications for VR in educational research and practice
Dr. Li Ji, LlamaZOO Interactive Inc | Towards Industrial Digital Twin Visualization for the Resource Sector

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June 2018

Jon Festinger, Peter A. Allard School of Law | MEdia: Freedom of Thought in Virtual Realities
Zhaoming Xie, UBC Computer Science | Learning to Walk Using Deep Reinforcement Learning
Adam Herr & Yana Pertels, Eyemole | Augmented Reality Streetwear

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May 2018

Dr. Siobhán McPhee, UBC Department of Geography | VR versus AR: when are they pedagogically appropriate?
Kyle Stooshnov, UBC Digital Literacy Centre | Virtual Renaissancing : A New Space for Drama Education

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April 2018

Graham Cunliffe, FingerFood Studios VP of Business Affairs | Using Technology as a Tool to Solve Problems
Bernie Garrett, School of Nursing | Clinical Healthcare Applications and Research for VR

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March 2018

Bernard Reike, Assistant Professor, SIAT | Could Virtual Reality Make Us More Human?
Qian Zhou, UBC PhD Student | Spherical Fish Tank VR

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February 2018

David Gyimah, Head of disLAB, University of Westminster | Interdisciplinary approach to VR, via looking at Art, Cinema Journalism, Emotions and Technology
Maria Lantin, Director, Research S3D Centre at Emily Carr University | Being Basically Good In The Digital World
Claudia Krebs, Professor of Teaching, UBC | Holobrain

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January 2018

Nicola Anderson, Post-doctoral Researcher, UBC | Eye tracking in VR

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