Beach 2030 begins the era of simulation learning

We’ve already written about many great conversations surrounding new possibilities in virtual collaboration by 2030, but virtual and augmented reality technologies promise even further-reaching implications for the learning curriculums of the future.

The concept of technological simulations of real-world events has been around for as long as computers, but as the tools of artificial intelligence and AR/VR mature, they are crossing thresholds of usefulness for training and experiential learning opportunities.

Gaby suggests enhancing simulation capabilities for clinical skills, and several others chimed in with different ways this could help personal development and collaboration.

In 2030, it would be exciting to use Virtual Reality (VR) as a way to simulate events that we would encounter as future clinicians where we could practice and develop our clinical skills. #DEPTOFSLP

Advanced Simulation rooms where one can experience different scenarios they may encounter within their field. #BASW

It would be great to create environments that simulate actual work environments with people from other majors/colleges

Terri M. Carbaugh and Camille Williams took the simulation scenario a step further, envisioning broad-reaching opportunities for journalists, historians and political advocates with these new tools.

In 2030, reporters & bloggers experience faculty research at CSULB's virtual reality (VR) center. Here, they’ll track coyotes in OC suburbs, sharks along LB shorelines, hear Cole compositions & students speaking romantic languages. #TechnologyCampus It would be cool if we could incorporate VR technology into our learning. For example, one day we are learning about sharks or the Civil Rights Movement, then we are right there in the middle of the ocean or marching during a protest!

Kristy Nguyen proposes a more somber but no less important application of simulation activities — to help students and staff prepare for any number of natural or human-caused disasters that CSULB may encounter in the coming decades.

Shadow Imagination: Kristy Nguyen says "Not truly preparing students and staff for a community disaster,such as shooting and earthquake,while on campus. We need an actual simulation day, how to react and practice preparedness, rather than just a How to/Prevention Video. #StudentWellbeing What we have now is NOT enough!"

Will Beach 2030 lead the way in new simulation-based learning and training? Keep the discussion going!

Thinking about technology’s role in Beach 2030

Less than two hours into Beach 2030, and one early theme we’re seeing is a lot of diverse speculation on how CSULB will adapt to emerging technological trends.

Ranje Torres and Bo Roe imagine a future where virtual assistants play a larger role in supporting students and faculty. Services like Crystalknows.com do this today by helping people understand how to connect with new contacts and their diverse communication styles.

Positive Imagination card by player Ranjie Torres that says "I'm seeing virtual assistants as a norm in every room on campus"

Reply: Bo Roe "Imagine a world where virtual assistance merge with virtual learning--assistance provide not only daily task assistance, but are fundamental partners in learning. Virtual TA... virtual adjunct professor..."

Elena Jiminez kicked off a much-debated thread about whether there’s already too much technology in our lives, and if we shouldn’t start planning technology detox weeks to give people a break from all the devices in their lives. Her post features several signals of these kinds of detoxes being experimented with in other venues. Signals from the real world are a great way to bolster your argument and enrich the conversation.

Positive Imagination: Elena Jimenez "Concerned about technology getting in the way of how students community? Let's have a tech-free week, focus on our person to person communication. #TechnologyCampus" Add a signal, plus 5 points. Slate.com, Digitaldetox.org, fortune.com, techlearning.com

REPLY: Dr. JD "I love this idea! I think we also cannot deny the students of 2030 will have the expectation to be engaged in learning with technology. I'd love to see us focus on how we can humanize education with technology #OnlineCSULB"

Eliza Easdale contributed an even more nuanced perspective to the debate on technology, wondering how we will regulate emerging technologies with no historic precedent.

Shadow Imagination: Eliza Easdale "New Technologies will come out faster than the legal system may be able to handle, which could lead to unchecked abuses of them in the future."

How do we “humanize” technology, and what role can CSULB play in shaping this future between now and 2030? Let’s dive even deeper into this as Beach 2030 continues.