Panel Discussion: The AR/VR Classroom

*** IMPORTANT UPDATE: In light of the recent events surrounding COVID-19, we have been forced to cancel this Tuesday’s panel discussion on AR/VR. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you. Thank you. ***

Join the Center for Educational Technology (CET) on Tuesday, March 17th from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. for an all-new panel discussion on augmented and virtual reality in education. This digital event will be streamed LIVE beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT at

According to Statista, Virtual Reality in the classroom is predicted to be a $700 million industry by 2025. 97% of students would like to study a VR course. Almost 80% of teachers have access to virtual reality devices, but only 6.87% use them regularly in the educational process. Why? Would you know how to get started? Join the CET and our expert panel as we introduce you to this game-changing technology, address the challenges, and discuss the future of an AR/VR equipped classroom. Students and faculty from all colleges are welcome. Our team of experts discuss the issues surrounding augmented and virtual reality and take your questions LIVE. James Valles, a Computer Science Graduate student, will moderate the discussion. Watch the LIVE Stream: More info: 


Thomas A. Furness III

Furness is an American inventor, professor, and virtual reality pioneer based in Seattle, Washington with over 50 years of service in the field. Known for his contributions in developing human interface technology, he has earned the title, “Grandfather of Virtual Reality”.

Julie Smithson

Smithson is the Co-Founder of MetaVRse and XR Ignite, a community designed to accelerate the virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (XR) industry. Julie’s passion for education and community has lead her to become the Co-President of the VR/AR Association, Toronto Chapter.

Breanna McEwen

McEwan is an associate professor of Communication Studies in the Collegeof Communication at DePaul. She received her PhD in communication from Arizona State University. Her research focuses on the intersection between interpersonal and communication technology.

Paul Booth

Booth is a professor of Media and Cinema Studies in the College of Communication. He received his PhD in communication and rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the author or editor of ten books.