Digital Outcasts Presentation at LEEF 2011

June 16th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Filed under About the Book, Appearances, Innovation, Virtual Reality

Learning and Entertainment Evolution ForumTomorrow I head to Harrisburg PA to speak at the Learning and Entertainment Education Forum (LEEF) at the University of Science and Technology. The mission of LEEF is to explore the use of games, simulations and virtual worlds for both learning and work.

The two-day program, hosted by the wonderful Andy Petroski and featuring no shortage of rockstars, showcases how emerging technologies have converged and evolved to produce new ways of engagement, thus redefining how we interact with one another. The lineup of guest speakers, case studies and high-tech demos promises to be most impressive.

So why am I going? Because I’m presenting a one-hour session called Universal Life: Reaching Digital Outcasts Through Virtual Worlds as part of the “design principles” learning block. You can catch me in room 1302 on Friday, June 17 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

I promise a funky adventure. We’ll explore the use of virtual world platforms among participants with physiological, cognitive and developmental challenges. Not many people consider the broad-spectrum of accessibility when designing online experiences; however, this vital demographic resides at the epicenter of much digital innovation currently taking place.

Examples use cases will cover motor skill disorders, autism/spectrum, blindness/low vision, degenerative illness and rehabilitation contexts. At the end of the session, participants will have hopefully obtained a greater sense of awareness for providing barrier-free virtual experiences.

The early line on how often I mention my book? Let’s put the over/under at about 57.

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