Director of the Immersive Education Initiative

Aaron E. Walsh

Aaron E. Walsh is Director of the Immersive Education Initiative,  a non-profit international consortium of universities, colleges, research institutes, consortia and companies that work together to define and develop open standards, best practices, platforms, and communities of support for virtual reality and game-based learning and training systems (i.e., virtual worlds, learning games and serious games, augmented reality, mixed reality and full immersion). Thousands of faculty, researchers, staff and administrators are members of the Immersive Education Initiative, who together service millions of students worldwide. The world's leading experts in immersive teaching, training and learning convene annually at global and regional Summits instituted by Walsh.

In the 1990s Walsh coined the term Immersive Education. In 2006 he received the Teaching with New Media (TWIN) award receiving highest honors in the competition for pioneering the use of Immersive Education at Boston College. The award was presented to Walsh at a ceremony to honor exemplary uses of technology in teaching. He later coined the term "Immersive Illness" to describe issues such as addiction, alienation, and mental schisms in the age of Immersive Education.

In 2007 he was named one of the forty most innovative people in the Information Technology (IT) industry by Computerworld, the premier source of news and analysis for the IT industry. He received the prestigious national award in recognition for his pioneering work on the Media Grid and Immersive Education, which are recognized as "...innovative, promising technologies which hold the potential to significantly affect society in the near future."

In 2009 Walsh received the Campus Technology Innovator's award for his contributions to the field of Immersive Education (see award profileand "Best of Both Worlds" cover story).

Walsh has been featured in a number of leading technology and mainstream publications, including Newsweek and Newsweek International, for his work in international technology standards and Immersive Education. A biography describing how Walsh pioneered the field of Immersive Education appeared in Computer World's The Grill and as a cover story by Campus Technology.

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