Prof. Emory Craig


Digital Bodies -Immersive Learning

Emory Craig brings decades of experience in K-12, higher education, and the creative industries to foster innovation and organizational change. In his most recent position as Director of eLearning and Interim CIO at the College of New Rochelle, he was responsible for the implementation of leading-edge technologies in the curriculum, faculty development,and new online programs for both traditional and nontraditional students. He has worked with organizations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asiato reinvent learning and spark creative transformation. In 2017-2018, he co-authored the EDUCAUSE-ELI series:“VR and AR: Stepping into the New Frontier of Learning.” He is the Co founder and CEO at Digital Bodies, a consulting group and a popular website for news and analysis of immersive technologies. As a futurist and writer, he is fascinated by the ways VR and AI will transform human experience and concerned by the potential ethical challenges. He focuses on the personal and organizational strategies we  will need to learn and live in the future where experiences are available on demand, and the boundary between the real and the virtual disappear. A leader in immersive technology developments, his background spans business,education, and the visual arts.


GESS Talks Arena

26 February 2020 | 11:20 - 11:40 | Reinventing Learning for the Future: A World of Virtual Reality and AI Avatars

The convergence of virtual reality (VR) with artificial intelligence (AI) will have a profound impact on education and society. These new developments are creating extraordinary opportunities to transform learning with innovative virtual simulations and personalized virtual tutors. But they will raise significant challenges, from practical questions of cost and accessibility of immersive technologies to complex ethical issues that come with intensely realistic virtual environments and life-like digital avatars. What digital literacy, media competence, and cognitive skills will our students need to live in a future where the virtual can masquerade as reality? Could AI-driven avatars eventually seem more helpful than humans? More trustworthy? We may not have to answer these questions, but our students will. As educational leaders, how do we reinvent learning to prepare them for a future that is radically different from the world we know today?