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Post Qualitative Virtuality: assembling reality as new material for teaching and learning



This presentation will address the kinds of support Dr. Eleanor Dare believes is needed to help faculty and students to effectively use and critically encounter XR, describing some of the technical and epistemic strategies which aim to balance technical competency with critical theory.  Here, Dare will outline a post -qualitative approach (St. Pierre, 2020, 2021, Grant, 2018) to teaching VR and AR, in which students identify the materiality of technologies which are often framed as immaterial or removed from questions of their material and political implications. Eleanor will explain how using VR has changed the way they teach, in particular the ways in which they frame spatiality in the pandemic and post-pandemic university.

About Dr. Eleanor Dare: Dr Eleanor Dare is an academic and critical technologist with a PhD and MSc in Arts and Computational Technologies from the Department of Computing, Goldsmiths. Eleanor was formerly Reader in Digital Media and Head of Programme for MA Digital Direction, at the Royal College of Art. Eleanor is now a Senior Teaching Associate at the University of Cambridge as well as lecturer in Games Design and Research By Practice at UCL. Eleanor is the cofounder of X||rdinary Stories, an immersive storytelling studio.

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