Episode 13: ImmerseCon

VR and AI are already changing the way we learn languages, and their impact is certain to grow. 

In February, Immerse is hosting a free, online conference to explore the current and future role of virtual reality and artificial intelligence in language teaching and learning.

ImmerseCon takes place February 15-16, 2024, and features presentations and panel discussions from a variety of stakeholders in the field of emerging technologies for language learning, including researchers, teachers, curriculum designers, and software developers. 

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Conference attendees will have the opportunity to engage in interactive discussions, connect with industry and higher ed experts, and gain insights into the latest advancement and research on VR and AI.

In Episode 13 of Immerse’s Connecting the Dots podcast, Dr. Tricia Thrasher tells Christina Cavage what to expect at ImmerseCon.

ImmerseCon: Shaping the Future of Language Learning in Virtual Spaces

As a pioneer in the world of VR and AI for language learning and teaching, Immerse conducts internal research, partners with researchers at universities around the world, and connects with other industry leaders. 

ImmerseCon was conceived as a space to bring these people together to share knowledge, updates, and experiences and to discuss the role that virtual reality and artificial intelligence are playing in language learning, now and in the future. This year’s free online conference is the first of what will become an annual event.

Keynote speakers

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Prof. Euan Bonner

Thursday’s keynote presentation, The Future of Language Learning Through the Lens of Mixed Reality, will be given by Professor Euan Bonner of Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. 

Professor Bonner is not only a thought leader in the uses of VR and other emerging technologies for language learning, he has also done a lot of practical work with teachers on bringing VR into the classroom.

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Prof. Brent Warner

On Friday, Professor Brent Warner of Irvine Valley College in Irvine, California, will deliver the  keynote presentation, The AI Age: Flying Forward Into Today.

Professor Warner’s research and practice focus on the practical implications of bringing artificial intelligence into the language-learning classroom. He also co-hosts The DIESOL Podcast, which aims to help ESOL instructors integrate technology into the classroom.

Additional talks and discussions

In addition, ImmerseCon will feature research presentations by the following research partners:

  • Dr. Sangmin Michelle Lee, Kyung Hee University
  • Dr. Wakako Kobayashi, Nihon University
  • Dr. Marco Romano, International University of Rome
  • Weijian (Michelle) Yan, doctoral student at Purdue University

There will also be panel discussions with language teachers and professors, talks from members of Immerse’s leadership team, a guided tour of Immerse, and more.

The entire conference schedule is available on the conference website.

While the talks are primarily geared towards higher education professionals, anyone with an interest in the current and future use of virtual reality and artificial intelligence for language learning is welcome to attend.

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