Learning Lab | Leading XR Initiatives: Addressing Privacy, Security, and Ethics

Part 1: April 4 | 3:00–4:30 p.m.ET
Part 2: April 6 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET
Part 3: April 13 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET
Part 4: April 20 | 3:00–4:30 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 Learning Lab segments that support the learning outcomes stated below. You will receive feedback and constructive critique from course facilitators.

  • Learn about successful higher education XR initiatives
  • Understand and address key safety, security, and privacy risk areas critical to the implementation of a successful institutional XR strategic plan
  • Analyze which regulatory frameworks impact XR learning experiences, with an emphasis on data privacy and security requirements
  • Review common emerging XR instructional scenarios
  • Learn about organizations and frameworks that seek to advance XR safety and ethics and ways to engage in further advocacy

Target Audience

CIO, CISO, Senior Directors across IT and Academic Programs, Security and Privacy Professionals, Online Teaching and Learning Professionals


Maya Georgieva Maya Georgieva, Senior Director, Innovation Center, XR, HCI and Quantum Labs, The New School

Didier Contis Didier Contis, Director Technology Services - College of Engineering, 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