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Call for Panels

Virtual Teaching: VR, AR and 360° Video in Higher Education Conference

Submission Deadline: November 22, 2019

Virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360° video are making the transition from the arcade and the playroom into the classroom, providing opportunities to enhance traditional learning with elements of simulation and gamification. The Virtual Teaching: VR, AR, and 360° Video in Higher Education conference provides a forum for the presentation of essays and research regarding the use of these technologies in higher education, providing an opportunity to share insight into the challenges and successes experience in the application of these technologies. 

The conference will take place at the University of South Carolina in historic Columbia, SC, located midway between the Atlantic beaches and the foothills of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains. The conference will be accompanied by a juried Showcase of Virtual Tools. For registration and further information about this academic conference, visit the conference web site

Panel Submission Guidelines

Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit proposals for panels. Panels may include technical, pedagical, institutional, cultural, political, and philosophical perspectives on the conference theme. Panels for this conference should deal with:

  • Applications of virtual reality, augmented reality, 360º video and related technologies in the classroom
  • Extensions of these technologies to distributed education
  • Technological and practical issues related to the implementation and use of these technologies
  • Pedagogical issues related to the use of these technologies in teaching

The purpose of this conference is to provide a scholarly exploration of these and related issues. Panel submissions may address practical, theoretical, phenomenological, critical and/or empirical approaches to any of the subjects listed above. 

Submission Process

Panel proposals should be submitted via the Virtual Teaching Conference Panel Submission Online Application. The online application includes:

  • Contact information of the panel organizer
  • Title of the panel
  • Brief description (1p) justifying the panel and the goal to be achieved
  • Bio of the organizer specifying experience in the panel topic
  • Potential panelists (4-5 people) with affiliations

Submission deadline is November 22, 2019. 

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

All submissions will be reviewed by a jury that will consider:

  1. Relevance to the conference theme
  2. Quality of the contribution
  3. Overall contribution to the field

Virtual Teaching Conference Panel Submission Online Application

The conference is sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computing, the College of Education, the College of Information and Communication, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Office of Distributed Learning at the University of South Carolina.