Stewart Koplick - Round 1, 2016 Champion

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Stewart Koplick

Creating new realities for people with disabilities

Stewart Koplich leads an exciting virtual learning environment (VLE) project at Endeavour Foundation employing the virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift.The VLE has the potential to open up new worlds and ways of sharing knowledge among students and teachers alike – it’s not restricted by geography or ability. He enlists the help of students to co-develop new learning strategies using the latest technologies.

The VLE enables people to virtually experience travelling on a train in 3D – going through the tasks that a person carries out when they are travelling, as well as the likely challenges and how they would overcome them. Students learn about real world situations via the safety of a virtual world – while having fun.

Early indications are that VLE tools are super engaging for young people with a disabilty; they’re effective and they save time and money.

Stewart also manages the Education, Learning and Development (ELD) Department at Endeavour Foundation. He is an experienced educator with a belief in the power of new technologies to transform the lives of people with a disability.

Stewart supports both staff and students within Endeavour’s learning community to use digital technologies in their daily lessons, certificate-based coursework. He also advocates using online tools like email, YouTube, Facebook and other forms of social media to access and share information, and to keep in touch with family and friends.

Stewart is an innovator in the field of digital literacy and learning; his activities include:

  • speaking at national and international conferences

  • publishing articles on a range of topics including disability, digital literacies and virtual technology

  • researching and developing VLEs

  • working closely with colleagues and research institutes to create real learning opportunities for people with a disability within the virtual space.

Stewart will be an excellent ambassador for new technologies in the area of disabilities. He will continue to:

  • use a range of technologies for learning; computers, iPads, tablets, interactive whiteboards, e-boards and web-based applications

  • help students access websites and social media as part of the curriculum and to follow their own interests

  • encourage staff to use Facetime/Skype across Queensland and New South Wales for supervision and weekly meetings

  • present and demonstrate virtual learning tools in conferences and webinars.

Stewart is nominated by: Endeavour Foundation Australia

Stewart Koplick

Creating new realities for people with disabilities

Stewart Koplich leads an exciting virtual learning environment (VLE) project at Endeavour Foundation employing the virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift.The VLE has the potential to open up new worlds and ways of sharing knowledge among students and teachers alike – it’s not restricted by geography or ability. He enlists the help of students to co-develop new learning strategies using the latest technologies.

The VLE enables people to virtually experience travelling on a train in 3D – going through the tasks that a person carries out when they are travelling, as well as the likely challenges and how they would overcome them. Students learn about real world situations via the safety of a virtual world – while having fun.

Early indications are that VLE tools are super engaging for young people with a disabilty; they’re effective and they save time and money.

Stewart also manages the Education, Learning and Development (ELD) Department at Endeavour Foundation. He is an experienced educator with a belief in the power of new technologies to transform the lives of people with a disability.

Stewart supports both staff and students within Endeavour’s learning community to use digital technologies in their daily lessons, certificate-based coursework. He also advocates using online tools like email, YouTube, Facebook and other forms of social media to access and share information, and to keep in touch with family and friends.

Stewart is an innovator in the field of digital literacy and learning; his activities include:

  • speaking at national and international conferences

  • publishing articles on a range of topics including disability, digital literacies and virtual technology

  • researching and developing VLEs

  • working closely with colleagues and research institutes to create real learning opportunities for people with a disability within the virtual space.

Stewart will be an excellent ambassador for new technologies in the area of disabilities. He will continue to:

  • use a range of technologies for learning; computers, iPads, tablets, interactive whiteboards, e-boards and web-based applications

  • help students access websites and social media as part of the curriculum and to follow their own interests

  • encourage staff to use Facetime/Skype across Queensland and New South Wales for supervision and weekly meetings

  • present and demonstrate virtual learning tools in conferences and webinars.

Stewart is nominated by: Endeavour Foundation Australia