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Futures Enthusiasts Meet-Up (FEMU)

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Futures Observatory

Hackett Hall

The University of Western Australia

Crawley, WA 6009

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Futures Enthusiasts are people who are keen to be a part of the next wave of developments in higher education using technology and concepts to innovate learning and teaching practices.

This year we would like to extend an invitation to our gamut of enthusiasts to a monthly catered networking event at the Futures Observatory.

Every last Wednesday of the month across 2017 between 4-5pm, meet and share ideas with other education futures enthusiasts from the UWA community, Perth start-ups, industry or technology specialists.

Attending this monthly social event gives you the opportunity to:

  • discuss an idea or concept with a specialist that could be part of an Education Futures Scholarship project,
  • team up with other enthusiasts on projects to streamline costs, services and resources to enhance learning and teaching at UWA,
  • find out about innovative developments in technologies to integrate and support your teaching practices, and
  • enjoy conversations with like-minded people.

Given the broad range of specialist skills and knowledge at UWA, we hope these casual interactions can facilitate strategies to improve student learning and engagement as well as raise the profile of the Education Futures Scholarship program.

FEMU EVENT FOR MAY 2017

Presentation by Dr Michael Ovens on Virtual Reality in Higher Education. Followed by a networking session.

Virtual Reality is considered by some to be a replacement for traditional face-to-face teaching methods, and a poor one at that. This presentation by Dr Michael Ovens, a recent Humanities doctoral graduate and educational Virtual Reality developer, will contest this position by arguing that Virtual Reality can be used to enhance rather than replace traditional teaching if educators and designers focus on the three things Virtual Reality does best: immersion, interaction, and impossibility.

Virtual Reality experiences will be made available for trial on the Futures Observatory's HTC Vive device.

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Futures Observatory

Hackett Hall

The University of Western Australia

Crawley, WA 6009

Australia

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