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SJMC hosts BEA On-Location 2023 conference

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications hosted the Broadcast Education Association On-Location conference Oct. 18-20. More than 90 faculty members from over three dozen institutions came to campus to learn about the latest trends in augmented reality, virtual reality and 360° video.

“Educators are increasingly using extended reality technologies to create simulations, experiences, and interactions that enhance the learning process. This conference explores the wide range of XR tech in use today, including virtual reality, augmented reality and 360° video,” says J. Rion McKissick Professor of Journalism Augie Grant. Grant and his graduate assistant Josh Matthews were the main organizers of the conference.

The conference kicked off with a keynote address by Kent Bye, the host of the Voices of VR podcast, on “The Promises and Perils of XR.”

Friday featured five juried research sessions, along with the presentation of creative works and awards for creative scholarship. Jason Porter’s work on Piranesi’s Worlds was recognized with a best in show in the VR, AR, and 360° Video Competition.

Saturday featured a series of panels on issues related to HBCUs. Participation was robust with faculty from a dozen HBCUs represented at the conference. 

The SJMC thanks Ross for sponsoring this event.

SJMC Presenters/Moderators

 From Reality to AR: A Beginner's Guide to Creating Augmented Experiences
Jason Porter, University of South Carolina

VR Meets the Law: The Legal Issues in Emerging Media
Dom Caristi, Ball State University; Carmen Maye, University of South Carolina; Rob Spicer, Millersville University
Moderator: Eric Robinson, University of South Carolina

Assessment & Modality Modulation: Examining student learning outcomes in changing academic environments
Nina Brook, and Laura Smith; University of South Carolina; Terry Filipowicz, Pima Community College; Adam Wagler, University of the Nebraska-Lincoln
Moderator: Laura Smith, University of South Carolina

Restoring Journalistic Credibility through Revisiting the Ancient Religious Tradition of Jubilee
Steve Perry, Regent University
Moderator: Jacob Long, University of South Carolina

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