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Wednesday, June 19 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
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Can Virtual Reality Act as an Affective Machine? Wild Animal Embodiment Experience
Alexandra Sierra Rativa
To emphasize the importance of protecting wild animals, the general goal of this research is to develop an immersive virtual experience where users can step into the ‘shoes’ of nature. The specific objective of this research is to explore the possibility of creating a strong emotional connection experience with the virtual body. Users become a wild animal through virtual reality, which allows them to move and see their body and arms as a virtual animal. In a game setting, users explore a simulated natural environment. At the end of the game, users experience a distress event during which they become the target of an illegal animal hunter. The authors compare the perceived pain, empathy, immersion, and embodiment experience evoked through a game character with a natural body (beaver), with an artificial body (robot beaver), and an amorphous body.


Gamified Approach to Blended Philosophy Course: Social Search and Multilingual Communication Experience
Mikhail Bukhtoyarov, Anna Bukhtoyarova
The challenge of updating existing curriculum to meet the requirements of blended, interactive and gamified approaches is complex. This paper presents the case of a gamified activity that was used to enrich a blended philosophy course for more than 350 sophomore students in a large public university in Russia. The concepts of social search and combined techniques of educational gamification were utilized to achieve “a game inside the game” effect and to transform the course activity into a socially significant action.

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Dr. Claudia Urrea

Associate Director, J-WEL pK-12, J-WEL, MIT Open Learning
Claudia Urrea is the Associate Director for preK-12 at the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL). Claudia was born in Colombia, where she received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from EAFIT University. In 1994, she joined MIT as a visiting research engineer... Read More →


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