May, 2017

Topic: Virtual and Augmented Reality at STELAR

SPECIAL LOCATION: STELAR Lab, located in the basement of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center (LIB), which is north of McNeely Hall (our usual meeting place)

Date: Monday, May 8, 2017


6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking

6:30 – 8:00 pm: Business Meeting / Program


The new St. Thomas E-Learning And Research (STELAR) center, in partnership with the Libraries, Academic Affairs, and Faculty Development, enhances the teaching and learning mission of the university through innovative and transformative technologies. STELAR serves as a one-stop shop for all technology-enhanced instruction, such as: the use of digital tools in face-to-face classrooms, hybrid and blended instruction, online and hybrid course redesign and development, learning management systems, teleconferencing, research computing, and emerging academic technology applications for St. Thomas. The goals of the presentation are to:

  1. Provide an overview of several pedagogical AR/VR applications in a wide variety of disciplines.
  2. Explain the design principles of STELAR in support of faculty teaching and student learning
  3. Immerse attendees in virtual and augmented reality activities
  4. Demonstrate the use of various virtual and augmented reality equipment

Participants will hear a brief presentation, join a guided tour of STELAR, and participate in a variety of hands-on activities.  The program aims at enhancing human touch and immersive empathy through demonstration and exploration of virtual and augmented reality.

Learning Takeaways:

  • Attendees will hear about different ways virtual and augmented reality are being used for learning applications
  • Attendees will be able to explore virtual and augmented reality at various experiential stations


Daniel Hoisington is the Associate Director of AV and Classroom Technologies. He is a part of STELAR (the St. Thomas eLearning and Research) group founded to enhance faculty use of technology. Dan enjoys both trying out new solutions and working to implement faculty approved solutions across campus. Dan holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Ancient Languages. He lives about a mile from the St. Paul campus and enjoys walking to work.

C. Candace Chou is an associate professor of Teacher Education at the University of St. Thomas. She is also a STELAR Faculty Fellow working with faculty on technology integration. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar (2015-16) conducting research on digital equity in Taiwan. Engaged in designing and implementing online and blended learning for more than 20 years, Candace provides consultation and workshops on technology integration for K-12 schools, higher education institutes, and learning professionals in organizations. Her main research interests include design of distance learning environments, instructional strategies of blended and online learning, pedagogy of emerging technologies, online interactions, and mobile learning.

Michael Wilder is an instructional designer within the STELAR Center at the University of St. Thomas. With over 20 years’ experience as an educator and trainer at all levels, his work primarily focuses on the intersection of technology and pedagogy where deep transformation of teaching and learning happens. His areas of expertise include instructional design and technology, learning systems management, online & blended instruction, and multimedia development.
Michael holds an M.A. in Learning Technology from the University of St. Thomas. He is certified as a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer and serves on the Digital Learning Forum. He enjoys cycling, camping, gardening, and traveling.