Integrating Mixed Reality Pedagogy into Higher Education

  • Birt, J. (Speaker)
  • Michael A. Cowling (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Wednesday, 5 September, 12.00-1.00pmTopic: Integrating Mixed Reality Pedagogy into Higher EducationThis is a Scholarship in Online Learning Group (SOLG) session presented as part of uImagine’s weimagine:Mixed Reality professional learning season. It consists of a 30 min presentation followed by a Q&A session, then open discussion on the affordances of mixed reality and how this might be adopted at CSU and the potential application of the Design-Based Research Approach.Note this session has a pre-reading (Cowling & Birt, 2018).Presenters:Dr James Birt, Associate Professor, Information and Computing Sciences, Bond University, and Dr Michael Cowling, Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology, CQUniversityAbstract:Are you interested in integrating technology into your learning and teaching experience, but don’t know where to start? Do you see a future involving Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality and Virtual Reality and want to make sure you’re not left behind? This presentation will talk about how Mixed Reality can be integrated into your pedagogy, and give some case study examples of what we’ve done in our lab, The Mixed Reality Research Lab ( over the last five years.Come help us in forging a future where technologies such as mixed reality can be used to inform innovative classroom practice.Pre-reading:Cowling, M., & Birt, J. (2018). Pedagogy before Technology: A Design-Based Research Approach to Enhancing Skills Development in Paramedic Science Using Mixed Reality. Information, 9(2), 29. Retrieved from and summary of Mixed Reality Research Lab overview at reading:Birt, J., Moore, E., & Cowling, M. (2017). Improving paramedic distance education through mobile mixed reality simulation. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 33(6). Retrieved from work/outputs from the Mixed Reality Research Lab for the areas of paramedics, anatomy education, spatial communication, and/or network & ICT modelling, go to for details.How To Connect:Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: you are new to Zoom, for instructions and images showing how to connect to a Zoom meeting, please see attached or download the pdf at iPhone one-tap: Australia: +61871501149,,597347333# or +61280152088,,597347333#Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): Australia: +61 (0) 8 7150 1149 or +61 (0) 2 8015 2088Meeting ID: 597 347 333International numbers available: bios:Dr James Birt is an Associate Professor and discipline lead of Interactive Media and Design in the Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University, where he runs the Mixed Reality Research Lab ( His research spans computer science and visual arts, with an emphasis on applied design and development of interactive mixed reality (virtual reality, augmented reality, 3d printing, mobile) experiences assisting learning, skills acquisition and knowledge discovery. The distinctive contribution James brings to education scholarship is in digital media teaching and learning, where he received a 2014 Australian Office of Learning and Teaching citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. James utilises novel pedagogical approaches, curriculum and resources to balance the science and art predilections of his students, whilst supporting them with learning how to learn. His service to the university and wider community has formed around his experience in emerging technology, teaching and learning. Where he takes an active role in supporting learners and peers through mentorship, presentations and expert judging.Dr Michael A. Cowling is a technology communicator with a keen interest in educational technology, computer science education and digital ubiquity and acceptance. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology at CQUniversity Australia, where he is the founder of The CREATE Lab, which focuses on collaborative research and education around technology and education (, and is a co-founder of The Mixed Reality Research Lab ( in collaboration with Bond University. In 2016, Dr Cowling was the recipient of an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning; in 2018 he was appointed an Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion; and he is a current partner in an Australian Office for Learning & Teaching Innovation & Development grant. As a core tenant of his work, Dr Cowling lives by the mantra “pedagogy before technology”, and believes that all technology needs to maintain the underlying purpose of enriching our lives.
Period5 Sept 2018
Event titleScholarship in Online Learning Group (SOLG) session presented as part of uImagine’s weimagine:Mixed Reality professional learning season at CSU.
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionNational