Thursday, July 8
3:45 PM-5:15 PM
Room 7

Using 360/VR Filming in Education - Elder Chronicles - A First Nation Case Study

Workshop (Live Presentation) ID: 59052
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    Linda Robinson
    SCCyber ELearning Community

Abstract: With today's technology, the face of education is changing. We will discuss how using 360 Degree VR Filming in education can create an integrative experience for students. We will also discuss to capture and preserve teachings, and how we are incorporating that into our educational delivery. 360 Degree VR Filming can create an opportunity for viewers to immerse themselves into a topic, or subject, and learn about it using this new technology. Creating this opportunity for immersion, and "being there", can engage a students curiosity, engage their motivation, and give them the control to visually explore anything they would like to see within the environment, creating a personalized experience for them.


In this workshop/Demo, we will showcase how we use Virtual Reality and 360-degree filming to revitalize culture, and how the Sunchild First Nation students create capacity, and pride, while they assist their community in capturing important cultural teachings. We will give examples, and show clearly how this is achieved. These VR 360-Degree videos are then used in Instructional Design to create interactive, engaging, and accessible content for the students, and this can be replicated in other communities. Learn from our best practices! Using emerging technologies, partnered with competent Instructional Design, and a clear focus on the outcome, can safeguard cultural decline. This workshop explains how to use the current technology at hand, while providing real time-tested examples of how Sunchild Cree First Nation, Elder Chronicles Film Team, the students, and the community took control of their destiny by revitalizing their important cultural teachings. Learn how we cause use emerging technology to ensure engagement, and how it will benefit generations to come. Being able to be part of a movement aimed at creating cultural revitalization, will help the younger generation to feel invested in their future, and not just along for the ride. They will make significant contributions to their communities and that will be something they can be proud of for years to come, and the hours they spend learning will benefit not only their generation, but generations that come after them.

Topical Outline

We will cover: 1. What is 360 Degree/VR Filming 2. How to capture teachable moments that can be used for student engagement 3. The process of making your video ready to use in an MP4 format. 4. How to use your "teachable moments" video in Instructional Design using Softchalk 5. The final result In our world today, the pressure of social media and progress have essentially separated people from their culture. While technology can help to revitalize culture and save teachings for future generations, the focus hasn't necessarily been on cultural revitalization. Using Virtual Reality and 360-degree filming, The Sustainability Project is creating videos in this technology that can be used clearly in educational context. This ensures that important teachable moments are created , and other important skills, like Indigenous skills, are not lost. As an example, the "Elder Chronicles" is a project that has been created to film these teachings and skills, and turn them into Locally Developed Courses (LDC’s) that the students can then use for credit towards their High School Diploma’s. Essentially the students get credit for learning about their culture!


Computer, instructional design, and filming knowledge.

Experience Level



I have over 15 years experience in teaching and Instructional design. I have spoken internationally in Boston, USA on online education, I have presented at the AACE World Conference on ELearning in Vancouver, Las Vegas, and other conferences that are focused on future learning, and sustainability. I have focused on preserving important Elder teachings by researching and narrating for the video series Elder Chronicles, a locally developed curriculum program approved by Alberta Education, which is currently being delivered to students as a way to ensure the survival of important teachings. I am also passionate about creating housing and food security in communities, and have spoken at conferences with the topic “Creating Sustainability through Indigenous Food Security”. Using 360 Degree/VR filming in education has become a passion for me, and that combined with generating sustainability, creates a perfect fit to advance meaningful learning. I have been working to preserve cultural teachings, while creating virtual field trip opportunities utilizing emerging technology, and with today’s access to many teaching modalities, it is the perfect time to start thinking about how we can use these exciting experiences in education today.


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