XRSW 2021 - Avatars, virtual harassment, and XR safety challenges in Higher-Education



Over the next few years, XR is bound to significantly impact higher education by changing how students learn, supporting new modes of distributed/hybrid learning experiences at scale, and developing empathy. This adaption will also result in the education community facing a new set of critical security, privacy, safety, and ethical challenges.

Our panel discussion will explore some of these challenges. Drawing from the experiences with XR adoption at our respective institutions and collaborating with industry partners, we will share insights and discuss recommendations regarding how to navigate some of the challenges embodying avatars in virtual spaces.


Maya Georgieva Director, Education Futures and The XReality Center The New School

Ricky LaFosse Compliance and Policy Lead for Academic Innovation University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Didier Contis Director Technology Services College of Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology

Jeremy Nelson Director of XR Initiative University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Thomas Lewis Developer Relations Advocacy Lead Microsoft

April Speight Spatial Computing Lead Microsoft

3D Worlds Created by Chicken Waffle

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