Imagine a learning environment where an AI professor fields infinite student questions, where business students practice difficult conversations with an avatar that models an array of personas and reactions, where automated feedback is not static but dynamic and individualized. Artificial intelligence and XR tools are changing education and preparing students to live and work in an unpredictable world. 

In this episode of the Times Higher Education podcast, we talk to an expert in immersive technology, whose experience includes big tech companies such as Amazon and Meta, where she was head of immersive learning, as well as her current role in higher education. 

Monica Arés is executive director of the Innovation, Digital Education and Analytics Lab (IDEA Lab) at Imperial College London. In this conversation, she tells us about the evolution of edtech from the early days of virtual reality, immersive technology's potential for unlocking curiosity (and the costs that come with it), and what she thinks teaching technology will look like in 2034. Hint: it’s a personalized, creative world with fewer screens.

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