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Practicing Empathy with Virtual Reality [NEO-RLS: Poster Session]

September 23, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Studies show that experiencing someone else’s life deepens understanding, understanding cultivates empathy, and empathy motivates action- thereby fostering a more welcoming, vibrant community. However, there are many reasons you might not be able to physically meet and learn directly from others: time, money, location, and more.

In this postmortem we break down Richland Library’s My Life Experience Empathy Lab to answer the questions: Why use virtual reality to build empathy? What programming challenges were faced? What kinds of equipment and training are necessary? And what changes have there been in the technology?

Cecil Decker is a teaching artist providing free access to professional media tools in Columbia, SC. They teach regular classes and workshops through Richland Library and the University of South Carolina. Most recently, they have worked in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab’s Public Library Innovation Exchange to help youth and adults explore creative coding through Scratch and micro:bits.

For more information and to register, click HERE. 


September 23
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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