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Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality: Opportunities and Issues Teach-Out


This Teach-Out examines the present and possible futures of Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Virtual Reality (VR) through conversations with leading experts and practitioners in this ever-evolving world of digital interfaces. In this Teach-Out, we explore opportunities of these emerging technologies in domains ranging from medicine and nursing, to landscaping and architectural design, to multimedia and entertainment, to education and research. We also discuss dark patterns and new challenges associated with these new interfaces, such as authenticity, accessibility, and privacy.
We invite you to join this conversation about these emerging technologies that blur the line between reality and computer-generated sensory experiences. This​​ Teach-Out will examine broader questions, such as: W​hat are these new technological breakthroughs? What are practical applications of AR, MR, and VR to users’ everyday lives? What are possible directions for future AR, MR, and VR interfaces, and what are the important issues to consider?

This Teach-Out investigates the differences between AR, MR, and VR, and discusses a broad range of implications for our daily lives. It also explores future applications of these technologies across a range of domains.

A Teach-Out is:

-an event – it takes place over a fixed, short period of time

-an opportunity – it is open for free participation to everyone around the world

-a community – it will be joined by a large number of diverse individuals

-a conversation – an opportunity to give and take ideas and information from people

The University of Michigan Teach-Out Series provides just-in-time community learning events for participants around the world to come together in conversation with the U-M campus community, including faculty experts. The U-M Teach-Out Series is part of our deep commitment to engage the public in exploring and understanding the problems, events, and phenomena most important to society.

Teach-Outs are short learning experiences, each focused on a specific current issue. Attendees will come together over a few days not only to learn about a subject or event but also to gain skills. Teach-Outs are open to the world and are designed to bring together individuals with wide-ranging perspectives in respectful and deep conversation. These events are an opportunity for diverse learners and a multitude of experts to come together to ask questions of one another and explore new solutions to the pressing concerns of our global community. Come, join the conversation!

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2 weeks



U-M Credit Eligible



  • Roland Graf

    Artist, Designer, Associate Professor

    Stamps School of Art and Design

  • Michael Nebeling

    Assistant Professor

    School of Information

  • Steve Oney

    Assistant Professor

    School of Information