Using Virtual Reality (VR) to Teach Underserved Audiences


Judith hale
President, Hale Associates
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Founder and CEO, From the Future
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Associate Professor, University of North Texas
Webinar Recording Details
  • Date and Time
    Tue, Jan 24, 2023 at 12PM Pacific / 3PM Eastern
  • Duration
    1 Hour
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Judy, Mike, and Rose will share their insights and best practices when it comes to using virtual reality (VR) to reach new underserved audiences.

The shortage in skilled workers requires those of us who are training professionals to rethink how we design and deliver our programs. The possibilities are endless. 6.5 million have cognitive challenges - Down's Syndrome or are on the Autism spectrum.  1 in 3 have an arrest record (not conviction) that disrupted their education. The opportunity to learn the trades is not available to many. 

Join us as Judy, Mike, and Rose both describe the need for new approaches and offer innovative yet reasonable solutions.  

About Judith Hale, Ph.D.

Judith serves on the Illinois Occupational Skills Standards Credentialing Council. She is a past-president of the International Society of Performance and Improvement (ISPI) and was awarded "Outstanding Member of the Year" in 1987. She has been a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) for many years and was nominated for ASTD's Gordon Bliss Award in 1995. She was president of the International Board of Standards for Performance and Instruction (ibstpi) and has served as president of the Chicago Chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA). She was a commercial arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.

Judy taught graduate courses in management for 14 years for the Insurance School of Chicago and received the school's "Outstanding Educator" award in 1986. Her firm is an affiliate member of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). Judith speaks regularly at international and national conferences on subjects related to implementation, evaluation, needs assessment, certification, and performance improvement.

About Mike Christian

Mike Christian is the founder and CEO of From the Future, a leader in immersive technologies focused on improving the human condition through enhanced learning, therapy, and rehabilitation. Utilizing degrees in Economics and Computer Science, he spent the last twenty-plus years creating virtual worlds and artificial intelligence for Atari, THQ, and From the Future. His latest book is titled, How Virtual Reality Will Revolutionize Training and Education.

About Rose Baker, PhD., PMP

Rose Baker, PhD., PMP is an Associate Professor at University of North Texas, and ISPI Board Member. Baker brings nearly 30 years of project management, business supervision and management, instructional design, and teaching experience to her position at UNT. Baker teaches courses on principles of training and development, foundations of workplace learning, project management in applied technology and performance improvement, evaluation and accountability, and research processes with secondary data.

She has explored game design requirements and functionality for players with visual impairments and how personal creativity and innovation accommodates for lack of visual acuity. She has worked as a project manager, instructional designer, and instructor with organizations including General Motors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Pennsylvania State University, Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center, and the Pennsylvania Public School System. Her research includes open learning, management techniques and statistical applications for operations and performance improvement, survey and evaluation design, theory development, and game design. She can be reached at

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