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Free Virtual Conference on VR, XR, Immersive Learning

iLRN 2020: 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network

Organized in conjunction with Educators in VR Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Education Society

June 21-25, 2020, Now Fully Online and in Virtual Reality!!!

Conference theme: “Vision 20/20: Hindsight, Insight, and Foresight in XR and Immersive Learning”

Conference website:


*** FREE registration for non-presenter EDU attendees until April 19th ***

The 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN 2020) will be an innovative and interactive gathering for a burgeoning global network of researchers and practitioners collaborating to develop the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning. It is the premier scholarly event focusing on advances in the use of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and other extended reality (XR) technologies to support learners and learning.

iLRN 2020 will now be held ***fully online using VR*** and other collaboration platforms, in partnership with Educators in VR, organizers of the highly successful Educators in VR International Summit in February 2020 that included over 170 speakers and attracted over 6,000 event participants from around the globe.

Scholars and professionals operating in formal education settings as well as those representing diverse industry sectors are invited to participate in the conference, where they will be able to share their research findings, experiences, and insights; network and establish partnerships to envision and shape the future of XR and immersive technologies for learning; and contribute to the emerging scholarly knowledge base on how these technologies can be used to create experiences that educate, engage, and excite learners.

New annotation options in Box View

Blackboard uses an application programming interface (API) from Box, Inc to provide faculty the ability to review and annotate assignment submissions. Two features were added to the API in late March:

  • Point Annotations have been made “sticky” – after clicking on the Point Annotation button graders will be taken into “point annotation mode” that allows for multiple comments without selecting the point annotation tool for every entry.

Box view toolbar with point comment highlighted

  • A new Drawing Annotation mode – while grading, freeform drawings can be added to assignment submissions using a mouse or any touch-enabled device.  Box view toolbar with drawing annotation tool highlighted


Both options are available for new assignment submissions and can be retroactively added to earlier submissions.

Blackboard Grade Center Workshop

Blackboard Grade Center Workshop

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 12:00 PM (in person, Dooling 40-2) OR 7:00 PM (online)

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During this session, led by DEIT’s Chris Hewatt, we will take a peek behind the scenes of Blackboard’s powerful Grade Center tool. We’ll explore the best options for working with percentage and point-based grades, and we’ll cover the basics of creating and managing columns and categories. We’ll also demonstrate how to reorganize contents and how to hide and display specific material from students.

Questions? Contact DEIT at or 610-282-1100 x2290.

Instructor Roundtable and Dinner June 15

Join your DeSales colleagues for an evening of food, fellowship, and discussion about teaching at the 2nd Annual Instructor Roundtable and Dinner on June 15 at 6 pm in Trexler Library.

WHAT:  Instructor Roundtable and Dinner
WHEN:  June 15, 2016, 6 to 8 pm (check-in beginning at 5:30)
WHERE:  DeSales University Trexler Library
WHO:  Part-time/adjunct and full-time instructors from all programs
COST:  FREE! including buffet dinner
QUESTIONS?  Contact DEIT at or 610-282-1100 x2290.

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