Share Paper: Manifestations of hard and soft technologies in immersive spaces

  1. Jon Dron, Athabasca University, Canada
  2. Torsten Reiners, Curtin University, Australia
  3. Sue Gregory, University of New England, Australia
Tuesday, October 18 4:30 PM-5:00 PM Ni'ihau

Abstract: Immersive spaces are innately flexible. However, for learners, some constraints and scaffolding may often be valuable. This paper looks at immersive spaces as soft and hard technologies. Soft technologies are technologies enabling creative and flexible use, while hard technologies embed processes that limit creativity but provide efficiency and freedom from error. Technologies may be softened or hardened by assembly. For instance, if your Learning Management System (LMS) has no wiki, then it may be softened by adding one from outside the system. If your wiki has no assessment management system, then it may be hardened by using a LMS. For ...