Exploring the Use and Potential for eXtended Reality (XR) in Higher Education

Over the past year, interest in eXtended reality (XR) technologies (such as virtual, augmented, immersive, and mixed reality) has surged. New and more affordable XR technologies, along with voice activation and sophisticated visual display walls, provide promising directions and opportunities to immerse learners in the curriculum, offering deeper and more vivid learning experiences and extending the learning environment. Yet effective integration of these technologies into the curriculum will require careful planning and numerous resources. In addition to the technology itself, there are issues such as faculty development, instructional design, learning space integration, as well as governance, policy, and ethics.

This Featured Topic Guide highlights EDUCAUSE resources to help you

  • Learn: Read about the great range of potential applications of this technology in higher education.
  • Plan: Use these XR resources to identify the best fit for your institution and initiate planning for the introduction of these technologies on campus.
  • Do: Begin your institution's exploration of XR technology with pilot programs and early adopters, making sure to evaluate the pilots in order to be positioned for scaling the early deployments.
  • Share: Contribute to discussions in the EDUCAUSE XR constituent group and share your experience and discoveries at the next ELI Annual Meeting.