On December 17, 2022, we explored how researchers and developers work together on XR projects and how to approach an idea that can add value to an educational experience. Topics ranged from common pitfalls and how to avoid them to where to find funding. The meetup was hosted by and on the Media & Learning Association platform.
Neil McDonnell (University of Glasgow, UK) highlighted that academics should take the initiative regarding ideas, briefing, and handling business. Developers should bring XR skills and knowledge. McDonnell also shared a workshop template.
Mikhail Fominykh (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway).
Moeezo Saleem (University of Michigan, USA).
Adel Qaddoumi (Leiden University, The Netherlands) emphasized the importance of managing expectations by parsing out what the client actually wants to achieve from what they are saying they want to achieve. There is often a mismatch between what the client thinks XR technology is capable of and what is possible. On another point, Qaddoumi advised not to use XR technology just because but to try applications where XR has an advantage over other technologies.