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The Potential of Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Realities (Live Event Only)

January 8, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST

Augmented, virtual, and mixed realities have great potential for learning, work, and social engagement. They also have ethical concerns that need consideration before they are fully embraced. It is important for librarians to understand these technologies to determine how they can best be used in the library and how users may want to interact with these technologies.

In this interactive and informative session attendees will the presenter will receive a thorough overview of the similarities and differences that exist between augmented, virtual, and mixed realities. There will also be a discussion of current use cases and potentialities for future growth. Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss how they see augmented, virtual, and mixed reality technology impacting their libraries.

As a result of this program, attendees will:

  • Be able to explain the similarities and differences between augmented, virtual, and mixed realities
  • Discover ways augmented, virtual, and mixed realities are currently being used
  • Identify ways augmented, virtual, and mixed realities can be used in library settings

 Lauren Hays ~ Biography

Lauren Hays, PhD, is the instructional and research librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS where she enjoys teaching and being a member of her institution’s Faculty Development Committee. She has co-presented at the annual conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and was the 2017 speaker on SoTL for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee’s Midwinter Discussion. Her professional interests include SoTL, teaching, information literacy, educational technology, library and information science education, teacher identity, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.

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