Eric Hawkinson

Learning Futurist

Eric is a learning futurist, tinkering with and designing technologies that may better inform the future of teaching and learning. Eric is president and research coordinator of MAVR, a research group working in immersive technologies for teaching and learning, and more specifically, augmented and virtual realities in language learning. Eric's day job is at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies where he teaches courses and conducts research on issues related to technology in tourism and education. Eric also leads a team of interactive media designers for TEDxKyoto. Eric's projects have included augmented tourism rallies, AR community art exhibitions, mixed reality escape rooms, and other experiments in immersive technology.

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Educational Technology Consulting

Working with districts, schools, and companies to best design and deploy technology for teaching and learning

Immersive  Design & Development

Developing and implementing augmented and virtual learning environments

Public Speaking

Public outreach on issues in schools and society from immersive technology integration

About Eric

Eric is a learning futurist, tinkering with and designing technologies that may better inform the future of teaching and learning. Eric is president and research coordinator of MAVR, a research group working in immersive technologies for teaching and learning, and more specifically, augmented and virtual realities in language learning. Eric's day job is at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies where he teaches courses and conducts research on issues related to technology in tourism and education. Eric also leads a team of interactive media designers for TEDxKyoto. Eric's projects have included augmented tourism rallies, AR community art exhibitions, mixed reality escape rooms, and other experiments in immersive technology.

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Research Coordinator

Mixed, Augmented, and Virtual Realities in Learning Research Group

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Associate Professor

Founding faculty member of The Faculty of Global Engagement, Kyoto University of Foriegn Studies

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Director of Interactive Media

TEDxKyoto

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Founder

ARientation augmented learning platform 

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Core Values

  1. Open Knowledge - Free and open access to information is a foundation to a productive modern life, connected to ideas of the open web and platform agnosticism.
  2. Privacy by Design - Business models are increasing moving toward supporting revenue by collecting, curating, and trading behavioral surplus through technology. These models should be tempered with safety, ethics, and privacy concerns and designed as such.
  3. Digital Literacy for All - An informed public about the use of technology is key for a responsible and engaged digital society.

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PROVEN LEADERSHIP

Creating and cultivating communities of practice around immersive learning

Making connections between non-profit reserach groups, corporate sponsorship, and local communities, because it is important to have contact with different groups to gain a holistic understanding of the world of immersive technology.

Outreach for Digital Literacy

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Public Speaking Inquires

Passionate about an informed global digital community

CONTACT FORM

Let me know how I can be helpful

Inspiration

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
- Albert Einstein

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