Eric Hawkinson

Learning Futurist

Eric is a learning futurist, tinkering with and designing technologies that may better inform the future of teaching and learning. Eric is president and research coordinator of MAVR, a research group working in immersive technologies for teaching and learning, and more specifically, augmented and virtual realities in language learning. Eric's day job is at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies where he teaches courses and conducts research on issues related to technology in tourism and education. Eric also leads a team of interactive media designers for TEDxKyoto. Eric's projects have included augmented tourism rallies, AR community art exhibitions, mixed reality escape rooms, and other experiments in immersive technology.



ARientation is an augmented reality platform geared towards learning and engagement. The purpose is to allow less technically inclined students and teachers to create and share AR enhanced content and environments. This project started as a research project exploring case uses in augmented and mixed realities for educational purposes, the project has already spawned several case studies and research papers, most of which are freely available.

Together Learning is an immersive and elearning learning sandbox. We develop, test, research, and share digital learning content. It started in 2009 as a place to test and develop language learning content, web based software, and LMS platforms. It now has become a place for learning technologists and learners a like to share digital learning content. We are all learning together here, as new technologies facilitate.

Immersive media content from Kyoto and Japan to explore such as VR videos, augmented reality tours, and 360 photos from places of interest. Started in 2011 to gather English language user generated content on the less visited areas of Kyoto, has now expanded into a mix of new media projects to promote Japan and it's less known beauty and culture to the world.

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Interview at Campus Party Singapore 2018

Plenary Session at BETT Asia 2016

Keynote Talk at IAFOR Conference on Education 2016

Interview at Teacher Development Forum JALT 2018

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