Festival Features and Speakers

Enlist your most creative and curious students! Realize: this is not for Geeks only! XR will involve any student, with any academic interest, who is curious and creative, even if not “techie.” Consider engaging them in the school-year-long XR Project.


Student Presentations

In the fall of 2021, schools were invited to attend the XR Festival on April 1-2, 2022, at Bethany Lutheran College. Some of these schools have engaged in the school-year-long “XR Project,” that is, they will have formed student teams to explore the question: how can XR technology be used for education and outreach? Their findings, discoveries, and creations will be presented in showcases at the Festival.

Keynote Presentations

Christine Lion-Bailey

Expert in emergent XR technology and its impact on learners, Christine Lion-Bailey has promoted AR and VR in her own “Certified Future-Ready” New Jersey school district and in local, national, and international conferences. A Google-for-Education certified innovator, a BrainPop certified educator, and adjunct professor of educational technology at Ramapo College of New Jersey, she is Chief Strategy Officer for Ready Learner One LLC, providing educational solutions with emergent technology for educators in K-12 and higher ed. Her new book, Reality Bytes: Innovative Learning Using Augmented and Virtual Reality, came out in January 2020. Prof. Lion-Bailey says, “By leveraging VR, educators can expose students to the world far beyond the walls of their communities, make international connections that build empathy and awareness, and foster informed and motivated global citizens who will someday become global decision makers.” Read more.


Brian Klebig

Bethany’s own Brian Klebig brings to the Festival his experience as a designer and manager of the CARISMA state-of-the-art VR Laboratory at Michigan State University. A professor of Communication at Bethany Lutheran College and Seminary, and an ordained Lutheran minister, Dr. Klebig has devoted many years to discovering ways of using technology of all kinds to reach new audiences with Gospel messages.

Additional Features



Breakout Sessions

to discus challenges, resources, and opportunities

  • Discuss the book Reality Bytes with its author Christine Lion-Bailey
  • Experience Bethany Lutheran College’s E-Sports Varsity competition
  • Explore Bethany Lutheran College’s Division I Hockey telecasts
  • Learn about Bethany Lutheran College’s Media Arts Major


Individual Consultations

can be scheduled with Christine Lion-Bailey


E-Sports Demo

by the Bethany Lutheran College E-Sports team


Valuable door prizes


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