Women in Computing: Going Beyond Virtual Reality!


On November 3 and 4, the Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing (CAN-CWiC) conference was held at the Sheraton in Montréal. For a second year in a row, this unique event, of which ellicom was a proud sponsor and participant, highlighted the place of Canadian women in computing through various workshops and presentations. Sophie Callies, Manager of Learning Strategies and Innovation at ellicom, and Éric Lavallée, a member of the teaching staff at Université du Québec à Montréal, delivered a talk on the potential of virtual reality (VR) beyond entertainment, in fields such as health, security, and corporate training.

Virtual Immersion in Instruction

Ms. Callies’ and Mr. Lavallée’s presentation, “Virtual reality: From Entertainment to Training,” highlighted the history of VR in culture and how it is rapidly catching up to representations in science fiction. The presenters illustrated the differences between augmented reality, mixed reality, and virtual reality, with the distinction being in how immersive and interactive the activity is. They also discussed the educational potential of immersive VR, which can make the invisible, such as radioactivity, visible, and provide the possibility to immerse learners in an otherwise dangerous environment.

During the presentation, the audience was shown several challenges of using artificial intelligence and technology as part of instruction, including the follow-up on the learner’s experience. The presenters wrapped up their talk by captivating the audience with several examples of immersive VR.

Ms. Callies and Mr. Lavallée accomplished their mission! ellicom would like to thank the CAN-CWiC organizers for this wonderful opportunity.

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