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Crisis and extended realities: remote presence in the time of COVID-19


Matthews, B and See, ZS and Day, J, Crisis and extended realities: remote presence in the time of COVID-19, Media International Australia, 178, (1) pp. 198-209. ISSN 1329-878X (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1177/1329878X20967165


The transformative influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on remote forms of communication has been a frequent theme in popular discourse during 2020, but any lingering transformation of what we do at a distance will rely on convincing and accessible forms of remote presence and interaction. Embodied communication is difficult to simulate, and this discussion examines current and emerging extended reality (XR)–based communication tools in a range of contexts to discover what role they may play in a future where crises of mobility are likely to grow more frequent and protracted. We define XR and its current uses, then examine key terms used to conceptualise it such as ‘presence’ and ‘social presence’, before highlighting social challenges of remote presence and ethical considerations that accompany its use, particularly how the technology might (or fail to) address important social problems, support education and have relevance to the future of work.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:virtual reality, human computer interaction, media art, creative, digital technologies, transformative technology, augmented reality, COVID-19, extended reality, future of work, mobilities, remote presence, social VR, telepresence
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:See, ZS (Dr Zi Siang See)
ID Code:148976
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-02-25
Last Modified:2022-04-26
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