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News: Roane State April 25 forum will discuss learning and immersive technologies such as virtual reality

News: Roane State April 25 forum will discuss learning and immersive technologies such as virtual reality

A HoloLens, worn here by Roane State director of EMS programs David Blevins, is one of the immersive learning technologies that will be discussed at an April 25 forum at Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus.


Spring 2018 Social and Behavioral Sciences Forum on Wednesday, April 25 from 3 -4:30 p.m. in the Oak Ridge City Room (A111) at Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus.


"Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Learning" by Stephanie Shipley, Roane State Center for Teachings Arts and Technology

Presentation Summary

This presentation focuses on increasing student engagement in traditional, hybrid, and online learning environments through the utilization of immersive technologies. We will consider the hurdles that faculty encounter when attempting to engage learners and how a new dimension of learning can improve student success and persistence in higher education.

A new generation of virtual reality headsets and software promises to revolutionize learning in the classroom. During this presentation, participants are introduced to concepts of virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality which will include important technological and educational considerations and implications in all learning environments. Pedagogical concepts and principles will be discussed, as well as how immersive technologies can be utilized in specific courses and disciplines. Additionally, this presentation will include a demonstration of various immersive technologies (VR headset apps and the Microsoft HoloLens). Learn how RSCC is implementing a new dimension of learning in their degree programs.

Presenter Bio

Stephanie Shipley

Stephanie Shipley is currently an Instructional Designer and Adjunct Instructor at Roane State Community College. She has worked at the Center for Teaching Arts and Technology since 2016. Previously, she was a K-12 educator at an inner city school in Knoxville, Tennessee. After pursuing a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Instructional Design and Technology, she realized that her passion for education shifted to adult learning and distance education. Currently, Stephanie is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Memphis and plans to graduate in 2020.

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For more information, contact Casey Cobb at or (865) 481-2000, ext. 2205.

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