ELLIE-English Language Learning in Immersive Environments

  (Times are in Central Time Zone)

Note: Schedule is subject to change.  It was last updated at 9:33am CT on 4/23/2021.

(Hyperlinks to videos of the presentations are hyperlinked to each speaker's name)

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Introduction Levels of Immersion

Speaker: Dr. Aleshia Hayes

10:30 - 10:35 AM Questions and Answer
10:35 - 11:05 AM

Beyond Realism in Immersive Learning

Speaker: Mike Christian Founder and CEO of From the Future

11:05 - 11:15 AM Q & A
11:15 - 11:45 AM

English Language Learning & Immersive Environments: Past & Present Challenges, Opportunities, & Future Directions

Speaker: Dr. Sadler Associate Professor of Linguistics & Director of TESL at the University of Illinois

11:45 - 11:55 AM Q & A
11:55 - 12:25 PM

ID Fundamentals: Helping define the New Normal

Speaker: Dr. Atsusi Hirumi, UCF

12:25 - 12:35 PM Q & A
12:35 - 1:05 PM

Introduce Google Cardboards and link Experiences

Lunch Break/Social Time
1:10   -    2:00 PM

Pecha Kucha Talks from Attendees

VR Accessibility for Users with Disabilities

Speaker: Dr. Tania Heap Director of Learning Research & Accessibility

A Demonstrator of Virtual Reality Affordances for Language Learning

Speaker: Mikhail Fominykh Researcher at IMTEL research group, Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Virtual Reality Lowers Foreign Language Anxiety

Speakers: Dr. Alice Gruber - University of Applied Sciences Heilbronn

Dr. Regina Kaplan-Rakowski - University of North Texas

Immersive Learning Outcomes & Designing Virtual Spaces

Speakers: Dora Mazurek VP of Business Development | VEDX Solutions Inc. and Jay Schnoor  | Co-Founder, CEO of  VEDX Solutions Inc.

2:00 - 2:15 PM Introduction to Immerse Me: Scott Cardwell, Co-founder and CEO, ImmerseMe
2:15 - 2:30 PM

Review of Other XR Language Learning Tools

Dr. Nanxi Meng -Verbing (Recorded in advance of the event)


2:30 - 3:00 PM Tech and Funded projects/Grant Call ideas
3:00 - 4:00 PM Break out groups to discuss next steps


Special thanks to our Sponsor:

University of North Texas Office of the Provost and Division of Academic Affairs