604 Exploring the Psychology of Mixed Realities for Learning

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Thursday, July 27


Technology with the potential to transform learning is here: Virtual realities, augmented realities, and mixed realities are not just bleeding-edge tools anymore. Much of the pioneering work that came from early adopters and the military is now having mainstream impact. When L&D professionals contemplate using these new realities for learning, they often focus on the technical side of how to create these experiences. But what about the psychological considerations you should take into account when designing content for these new mediums?

In this session, you’ll consider the technology, the psychology, and the learner experience as you explore how these new realities are helping people learn better (if, indeed, they are). You’ll examine how these new realities affect the learning experience from the point of psychology and neurology. You’ll then look at the capabilities and use cases of these new technologies and investigate how they align with the psychology of how people learn. Finally, you’ll investigate what you can do to utilize these new realities effectively in your organization, leveraging your understanding of the neurology and hard experience of others.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How new realities affect learning experience
  • About the psychological and neurological aspects of new realities in learning
  • How organizations can utilize new realities for learning
  • How this new technology has the potential to transform learning

Novice to advanced designers, developers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Technology discussed in this session:
Virtual reality, augmented reality, and constructive simulations.

Julian Stodd

Author and Founder

Sea Salt Learning

Julian Stodd is an author and founder of Sea Salt Learning, a global learning consultancy helping organizations adapt and thrive in the social age. Much of his consultancy work is around the need for social leadership, the design of scaffolded social learning, planning for organizational change, and the impacts of social collaborative technology. Julian comes from an academic background in communication theory, psychology and neurophysiology, learning design, educational psychology, museum education, and philosophy. He is a proud global mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and a Trustee of Drake Music, a charity that works to break down disabling barriers to music through education and research. He was awarded the Learning Performance Institute’s Colin Corder Award for Services to Learning in 2016. He has written 10 books, including The Social Leadership Handbook, Exploring the World of Social Learning, and A Mindset for Mobile Learning.

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