About MAVR

We are a diverse group of researchers who are passionate about exploring and furthering research related to augmenting learning processes with emerging technology.

We respect and celebrate our diversity, in fact we see it as one of our biggest strengths. We believe everyone deserves a safe, respectful, inclusive, and aggression-free environment. But creating such an environment takes effort and an awareness of self and others. So while we expect differences in opinion and points of view, especially with regard to our research, we strive to have a community of critical yet respectful voices. In conducting research in technologies that will likely have high impact in shaping how we perceive the world and interact with others, we feel we must continually strive to a high level of mindfulness of how we interact with each other.

As part of JALT, we value and follow the JALT Code of Conduct which can be found here (Japanese translation is available here), and we expect our members to be aware of it.


MAVR team

Call for MAVR Journal Article Submissions

Are you looking for a space to publish your concept papers, practice-based reports, and work-in-progress papers? The all-new JALT MAVR Journal invites you to submit! Submit through this form: https://forms.gle/hvGDygQf2Qmc3LUPA

The JALT-MAVR Journal is an open-publishing journal focusing on articles related to language teaching and immersive learning. It is dedicated to providing a platform for the MAVR community for disseminating research, conceptual, perspective, and practice-based articles in the field of language education and immersive learning. In this regard, aside from peer-reviewed research paper articles, the journal is accepting:

  1. Concept papers

  2. Perspective papers

  3. Praxis papers

  4. Practice-based reports

  5. Work-in-Progress reports

  6. Workshop Summaries

The journal is open to submissions from a wide range of authors, including educators, researchers, and students, and it aims to publish research that is relevant and meaningful to the language education community.

The JALT-MAVR Journal is published by the Mixed, Augmeneted, and Virtual Realities (MAVR) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) free of charge.

It is facilitated by open peer-review and publishes articles using the continuous publication model. In this type of publication approach, articles are made available online after they have completed the peer review process and been accepted for publication. Instead of being grouped into specific issues, articles are published on an ongoing basis and are typically organized by topic or subject area. This type of publication approach allows for more flexibility and timeliness in the dissemination of research, as articles can be published and made available to readers as soon as they are ready, rather than waiting until a specific issue is compiled. Open access and continuous publication models are becoming increasingly popular as they allow for greater accessibility and reach of research and scholarly work.

All papers should be 1000-3000 words in length and written in accessible language.

Submission guidelines can be found here.

Research Forum 2022

MAVR SIG Forum 2022

Sunday, November 13th

13:40 to 15:10

MIxed, Augmented, and Virtual Realities in Learning Research Group is holding a forum to showcase and highlight some of our members’ research, projects, software developments, and activities.

We will be broadcasting from WebVR to the world on several platforms online, including Zoom and Live participants of JALT2022.

Here are some of the talks you can expect to hear.

  • Eric Hawkinson - Kyoto University of Foreign Studies - ‘The State of MAVR Research’

  • Amany Alkhayat - Columbia University - Activities and Communities in XR Research

  • Nicholas J. Wilson - AtoZ Corp. Public Education - Overcoming the Distance: Students’ Collaborating in the Metaverse

  • Yukie Saito - Chuo University - VR Projects and Possibilities of Using VR for English Education

These short talks will be followed by a discussion roundtable with all MAVRs in VR. We are looking forward to seeing you in this session.

Keynote at MediAsia
When Media Watches You – The Rise of Immersive Technology

Explore augmented and virtual environments that have been employed in various educational contexts. See case uses of immersive learning design in various fields. Get inspired to experiment with immersive media for your projects.

This workshop will be a hands-on adventure in immersive media for learning environments. Visit virtual exhibits for virtual tourism, augmented stamp rallies, simulation sessions, and other experiments in immersive learning from our team of facilitators.

Our team will be hosting a variety of virtual tours, augmented games, and other immersive media experiences such as Kyoto cultural tours in VR, Courtroom trial simulations, mixed reality environments for hybrid events, and more.