XR School in Malta

Scientists from four academic centers from Poland, Greece and Malta, implementing an international project under the Erasmus + program, led by a team from the Institute of Culture of the JU, have just returned from training on the use of new immersion technologies in culture and art.

After the success of the meeting inaugurating the international project, co-financed under action 2 “Strategic Partnerships for digital education in the higher education sector” in the Erasmus + program, entitled “Experience and immersive technologies – from creative practice to educational theory”, which took place on June 2, 2021 and brought together over 60 representatives from academia as well as business, it is time to implement further activities. Scientists from the Lodz Film School in ?ód?, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the University of Malta and the Jagiellonian University met in Malta to participate in a training course on the application of new immersion technologies in culture and art.

New immersion technologies training lasted from September 27 to October 1, 2021 and was the first meeting of the team outside the digital realm. Due to the current restrictions related to the SARS-COV2 pandemic, the group of representatives of each of the partner universities was limited. Dr. Adnan Hadzi [Hadziselimovic] and his team planned numerous workshops, during which he introduced the team to examples of projects implemented by researchers from the University of Malta, in which augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) were used. The hosts of the autumn XR school – partners from the University of Malta, invited 10 people from Poland and Greece. In addition, six working groups were launched in the development of syllabuses of courses on immersive technologies, which in the future will be included in open educational resources in the vein of open science commons approach, addressed to future artists and managers of culture and media. The training was the first from the cycle – further training is planned for July 2022 as part of the summer school, also organized in Malta. This time, it will be attended not only by researchers, but above all by students for whom workshops are planned, enabling them to gain experience in the use of new immersive technologies, such as augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality and how to use them to engage cultural audiences and art.