James Birt - mixed reality, computer games and e-sports educator | S2E5

James Birt - mixed reality, computer games and e-sports educator | S2E5

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Key Topics

Using virtual reality in the classroom. How games taught James important life skills. Innovation and entrepreneurship in education and tensions between formal and informal modes of learning. The pedagogical value of game jams and hackathons. Parallels between e-sports and regular sports. How games helped James when he broke his back. The importance of standards and governance and an argument for formalised education.

Recorded 8 March 2022


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James' squiggly career

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🧢 The Red Thread

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Decisive moments

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Synthesising for strength

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How James likes to learn

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Reflections on practice

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Episode appetiser - The stigma around computer games (20 sec)

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James explains E-Sports to a 55 year old (38 sec)

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The life-changing experience James would gift to someone (34 sec)

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How James' curiosity about computer hardware and software was sparked (44 sec)

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How James' curiosity about computer hardware and software was sparked (50 sec)

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πŸ‘€ About James Birt

James Birt is an Associate Professor of Computer Games in the Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University, Australia, where he runs the Mixed Reality Research Lab (www.mixedrealityresearch.com). His research spans computer science and visual arts, with an emphasis on applied design and development of extended reality (XR) and games-based experiences for assisting learning and knowledge discovery. James is recognised as an international leader in educational technology, XR and games with an editorial role with Springer Educational Technology Research and Development (ETR&D), a position on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) working group for AR/VR, an assessor’s role for the International Serious Games Showcase and Challenge (SGSC) and an expert role on the 2022 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report.

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Danu is the founder of Grokkist and host of the Still Curious Podcast. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand and has a career that has become more squiggly than a Norwegian fjord.