Abstract: With the growth and evolution of immersive technologies and a concurrent imperative for educators and employers to identify, develop and assess 21st Century Skills, there exists an opportunity to leverage the affordances of Immersive Learning Environments (ILEs) for the teaching, learning and assessment of these complex skills. Lynda will explore the pedagogical affordances of well-designed ILEs, outline key design considerations for the pedagogical and technology architectures of ILEs, and identify innovative component ILE technologies to support and deliver on such pedagogical architectures. She will also present research evidence, both from her own research and that of others, to support the use of Immersive Learning Environments for the teaching, learning and assessment of 21st Century Skills such as problem solving, collaboration and leadership.
Biography: Lynda has 20 years' experience in technology-enhanced learning. She lectured at the Limerick Institute of Technology, was Head of Learning Design at the e-Learning company ThirdForce, was Head of Pedagogy and Learning Design at the Learnovate Technology Centre in Trinity College Dublin and is now a consultant, researcher and entrepreneur. Lynda has extensive experience in designing and delivering innovative technology-enabled learning, assessment, training, performance and talent management solutions to a wide range of sectors and industries including corporates, higher education, schools and Governments and the Pharma, Banking, Recruitment and Oil & Gas industries. She also has extensive research experience and was a Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. Lynda is regularly invited to speak at international conferences and events, to write for industry publications and to contribute chapters to books.