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Designing Mixed Reality Spaces for Immersive Learning

Organizing institution
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, Expertise Centre of Education (HKU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 900
Advanced bachelor level

In this course (trainee) teachers learn to design their own immersive learning environments. Participants are introduced to the potential of interactive mixed reality spaces as a means for immersive learning and creative prototyping processes. Mixed reality technologies (projection mapping, motion capture, sensors, VR & AR hard- and software) are introduced with a low-tech and hands-on approach in the studio space. Doing so, participants can experiment on the working floor with various user-interaction scenario’s. The experiments are analyzed and discussed with the educational and didactic contexts of the participants in mind.

In this course you, as (trainee) teacher or educator, learn to design your own immersive learning environments. In small interdisciplinary groups you will be introduced to the potential of interactive mixed reality spaces as a means for immersive learning and creative prototyping processes. The low-tech and hands-on approach of this course enables you to experiment with user-interaction scenario’s. Adjustments can be made quickly while the focus remains on your creative and didactic process.

A powerful way to learn and innovate is through experiential shared experimentation. When ideas can be quickly manifested in an interactive space where the real and virtual blend into one environment it becomes possible to physically collaborate and at the same time develop concepts through iterative design cycles. In these interactive spaces many forms of real-time media can be designed to respond to user-behavior through building dedicated interfaces for live control.

Mixed reality technologies like projection mapping, motion capture, sensors, VR and AR hard- and software are introduced in a modular spatial setup whereby the participants learn the basics of how to use these tools for their own teaching practices and didactic contexts. In five intensive days you will be gradually introduced to these tools by instruction and short-cycle practical assignments in small groups. Iterative design and quick-prototyping methodology are used to learn how one can turn an idea into a physical setup that can be shared, analyzed, discussed and adapted. Finally these tools and methodologies are discussed with the educational and didactic contexts of the participants in mind.

What is the subject matter that you teach and what medial forms could this ‘body of knowledge’ require? What do your pupils or students need to learn through physical practice and collaboration? How can you design your own immersive learning environment in this context? These questions will be addressed with an understanding that this course is meant as an inspirational introduction to the possibilities of interactive mixed reality spaces as a learning environment.
The course is purposefully open to teachers from all sorts of fields of expertise to enable the essential interdisciplinary dialogue and methodology. It will have a strong practice-led approach and focus on design processes and thus askes for the participants to be to be curious, open-minded and creative. We learn the most through making mistakes and daring to experiment with ideas by manifesting them in an unpolished form, engaging them through embodied experience and the willingness to share this with others without premature judgement

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Joris Weijdom is a senior lecturer, researcher and designer of theatrical experiences using mixed reality technology. He is the founder of the Media and Performance Laboratory (MAPLAB) which enabled from 2012 until 2015 practice led artistic research on the intersection of performance, media and technology. He works as a researcher at the Research Centre Performative Processes, is expert coach for teacher training programs and teaches at several BA and MA courses at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht.

Joris is always looking for the ‘inter’ in everything: inter-disciplinarity, inter-connectivity, inter-action and inter-faces. He learned from experience that sharing ideas and concepts through ‘sketching’ in an interactive mixed-reality environment is a powerful and effective approach for creative research, design and development. Being able to quickly manifest ideas through interactive spatial prototypes stimulates experimentation and possibly true innovation.

On different international podia such as IETM (see link below), Holland Festival and ISEA, Joris gave keynote speeches on the dramaturgy of performative mixed reality (MR) experiences based on his experience as a researcher, entrepreneur, lecturer and maker. He also gives interdisciplinary workshops and pressure cooker sessions on designing meaningful MR experiences with technological ‘platforms’ such as VR and motion capture at many International institutes. For example in June 2017, he will give a presentation and workshop at Yale School of Drama on "Prototyping levels of participation: Dramaturgy of designing Mixed Reality Performance”.

> Keynote at IETM


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Joris Weijdom


Students in bachelor and master teachers’ training programmes, with basic teaching experience and
professionals working in the educational field with a passion for innovation of education through interactive mixed reality technologies


Develop an understanding and hands-on ability to design interactive mixed reality spaces for immersive learning and creative prototyping processes.


The full course will consist of modest preparatory work in advance, five full day’s workshop and some self-study in the evening. An average workshop day will consist of a short inspirational lecture, technical instruction, short cycle assignments, quick-prototyping iterative design sessions and modest evening reflection. Total work load would consist of 40 contact hours and 16 hours of self-study.


• € 900 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 700 - Course + course materials

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Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.


Joris Weijdom
E: joris.weijdom@hku.nl

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Deadline for registration: 15 May 2017

Application closed