Learning Lab | Leading Successful XR Initiatives on Your Campus: Addressing Privacy, Security, and Ethics

Part 1: October 5 | 1:00–2:00 p.m.ET
Part 2: October 7 | 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET
Part 3: October 14 | 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET
Part 4: October 21 | 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET


Driven by the new post-pandemic normal, the higher education community is experiencing increased interest and adoption of XR technologies for instructional and research purposes. Institutions will face critical XR security, privacy, safety, and ethical challenges as the demand to offer immersive learning solutions grows. Drawing from leading XR initiatives at our respective institutions and from collaborating with external advocacy groups, we will discuss important security and privacy considerations when initiating and supporting XR curricular projects. We will also outline the existing regulatory frameworks that impact XR learning experiences, with an emphasis on data privacy and security requirements.

Learning Outcomes:

NOTE: You will be asked to complete assignments in between the course segments that support the learning objectives stated below. You will receive feedback and constructive critique from course facilitators during the breakout portions of the course segments.

  • Learn about successful higher education XR initiatives
  • Understand the critical ethical, data security, and privacy concerns that arise when supporting XR instructional initiatives on campus
  • Analyze which regulatory frameworks impact XR learning experiences, with an emphasis on data privacy and security requirements
  • Review common emerging XR instructional scenarios; their respective security, privacy, safety, and ethics challenges; and potential mitigation strategies
  • Address key safety, security, and privacy risk areas critical to the implementation of a successful institutional XR strategic plan
  • Learn about organizations and frameworks that seek to advance XR safety and ethics and ways to engage in further advocacy


Maya Georgieva Maya Georgieva, Director of Education Futures and the XReality Center, The New School

Didier Contis Didier Contis, Interim Chief Information Security Officer, Georgia Tech

Ricky LaFosse Ricky LaFosse, Compliance and Policy Lead, Center for Academic Innovation, University of Michigan

Jeremy Nelson Jeremy Nelson, Director of the XR Initiative, University of Michigan