2016 TxDLA Conference

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
4:20 PM - 5:10 PM: Breakout Sessions
Use of Augmented Reality in Higher Education
This presentation will review and discuss the use of Augmented Reality (AR) in higher education and distance learning to foster collaboration, communication, and interaction. The panel will also discuss Moore's "Theory of Transactional Distance" and how the use of emerging technologies such as augmented reality could decrease the transactional distance.
Track: Trends in Educational Technology
Room: Travis A (Floor 3)
Dr Shahrzad (Sherry) Vafa, University of Houston - Victoria
Sherry Vafa is an assistant professor at University of Houston - Victoria where she designs, develops, and teaches graduate courses in instructional technology and technology integration. She is also the program coordinator for the educational technology program at University of Houston- Victoria. Previously, she was working for over ten years as a lead instructional designer and Blackboard system administrator at Baylor College of Medicine. She was also an adjunct professor for University of Houston - Clear Lake for over six years where she designed and taught online courses for the instructional technology program.
Dr. Richard Smith, Walden University, Faculty
Richard A. Smith is a member of the contributing faculty at Walden University where he teaches courses in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and instructional technology. Previously, he was a clinical associate professor of instructional design and technology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake where he designed and taught master's level distance education courses, including a course on how to design distance education courses. He also was a founding member of the Department of Technology of the Houston Independent School District where he served as the Manager of HISD's Instructional Design Group, and later as HISD's Director of Educational Technology.
Dr. Mary Lasater, University of Houston - Victoria, Assistant Professor
Mary Lasater, assistant professor at University of Houston - Victoria, teaches undergraduate, and graduate distance courses in curriculum and instruction education. Previously, she developed 21 online e-learning modules for paraeducators for LRP Publications.