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Voyages into the Technology Frontier: Augmented and Mixed Reality

Friday, October 5, 2018
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


Ever walked around the historic Horseshoe and wished the buildings could tell you their story? Or walked in a forest and wondered the name of the tree with strange foliage? Would you like to hold an elephant in your hand? By blending the physical world with the digital world, augmented and mixed reality can tell the stories, can provide data, and even introduce virtual elephants into your real world. Join us to learn more about possibilities with augmented and mixed reality.



Charity Nix
Manager of Knowledge and Training
Division of Information Technology

Charity Nix has been in the education field for 18 years as a K-12 teacher, technology coordinator, technology integration specialist, professional learning specialist, National Geographic certified educator, Microsoft Surface Expert and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.  She is currently employed in the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) at The University of South Carolina as the manager of knowledge and training. In her spare time, she contracts with NCCE (Microsoft training partner) and travels the globe providing professional development and training on Microsoft products.

Gary Moore
Assistant Dean for Academic Technology
School of Law

Gary Moore has been with the University of South Carolina School of Law since August 2012. He is responsible for establishing the School of Law’s academic technology strategy and implementing technologies that enhance teaching, learning and scholarship within the law school. Gary also provides oversight of information technology systems, equipment and services for the School of Law. He is also the administrator for the School of Law’s LegalTech Seminar Series, which was started in the fall of 2015. The series features prominent guest speakers discussing how technology affects the law.  

Katherine Ryker
Assistant Professor
School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment

Katherine Ryker is a geologist specializing in geoscience education. Her research interests include post-secondary teacher professional development, the relationship between teachers' beliefs and practices, and technology-based teaching tools that increase cognition, affect, and access to the discipline, including augmented and virtual reality. In 2015, Katherine built an augmented reality sandbox for her Earth science classrooms, and has been engaged in multi-institutional research projects ever since to determine its impact on student learning and engagement. She joined USC's faculty in January 2018 and will soon have a second AR sandbox in her research lab for her students to work with in their own research and teaching.

Linda Mihalik
Enterprise Academic Technology Initiatives
Division of Information Technology

Linda Mihalik has been in higher education for 14 years, serving as a college instructor, Assistant Registrar and, currently, as Director of Enterprise Academic Technology Initiatives for the USC Division of Information Technology (DoIT). She also worked in the computer industry for 24 years in research and development, product management and project management. As an IT director she has been involved with USC programs including initiating the web redevelopment program, managing an EPSCoR grant for HBCU’s, development of the Beyond the Classroom Matters (BTCM) database and e-book pilots.  Two current projects are the identification of existing teaching and learning technology on campus looking for opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing, and assisting faculty with the recording and editing of 360 degree videos.



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