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Director of Immersive Education Initiative to Keynote Campus Technology 2009 Conference
Aaron E. Walsh to receive Campus Technology Innovator's award prior to delivering keynote
BOSTON, MA - July 28, 2009 - Aaron E. Walsh, Director of the Immersive Education Initiative, will present the keynote address at the 16th annual Campus Technology conference in Boston on Wednesday, July 29, 2009. Walsh will deliver the keynote after being presented with the Campus Technology Innovator's award for his contributions to the field of Immersive Education, a term that describes the combination of interactive 3D graphics, commercial game and simulation technology, virtual reality, voice chat, Web cameras, and rich digital media with collaborative online course environments and classrooms. Special one-day passes are available for the event.
Walsh, who coined the term immersive education, will take attendees on a fast-paced journey of innovation, though his past twenty years developing new forms of learning technology that together enable the age of immersive education we are in today. His presentation incorporates a combination of rich media, early prototypes, and modern immersive technology as he recalls the inspirations, advances, and setbacks he encountered along the way. Looking toward the horizon, Walsh gives attendees a pioneer's view of the exciting road ahead for immersive learning technologies and their potential long-term impact on education and society.
Walsh is Director of the Grid Institute and Immersive Education Initiative, an international best-selling author, and faculty of the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College where he teaches computer graphics using immersive technologies. An award-winning educator and technologist, Walsh received the Teaching with New Media award in 2006 for his work on Immersive Education. In 2007 Computerworld magazine named him one of the forty most innovative people in the technology industry. He received this prestigious national award for his pioneering work on Immersive Education, which was recognized as "...innovative, promising technology which holds the potential to significantly affect society in the near future."
After more than a decade of research and development in the field, Walsh began using his prototype technologies to teach Boston College courses from a distance in 2001. In 2007 he founded the Immersive Education Initiative as a non-profit international collaboration of universities, colleges, research institutes, consortia and companies that work together to define and develop open standards, best practices, platforms, and communities of support for virtual world, virtual reality and game-based learning and training systems. Today over a thousand faculty, researchers, staff, administrators and students are members of the Immersive Education Initiative, which is growing at the rate of approximately 2 new members every day.
In addition to the keynote address by Walsh, the Campus Technology 2009 conference features a number of Immersive Education sessions and a special break-out panel on open standards for immersive learning technologies. One day passes and general registration are open to the public through the Campus Technology 2009 conference website.
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