FICS Faculty Member wins Michele Steele Best of JALT 2021 Award

Dr. Roberto Figueroa, Assistant Professor of the UP Open University (UPOU) Faculty of Information and Communication Studies (FICS), won the Michele Steele Best of JALT 2021 Award for his contribution to the Mixed Augmented Virtual Realities in Learning Special Interest Group (SIG) and an outstanding article. The MSBoJ 2022 ceremony was held during the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) International Conference in Fukuoka, Japan on 11-14 November 2022.

The study “Virtualizing a University Campus Tour: A Pilot Study on its Usability and User Experience, and Perception,” which is also published in the second volume of the International Journal in Information Technology in Governance, Education, and Business (IJITGEB) tackles the use of virtual reality (VR) as an alternative to the traditional physical campus tours in the International Christian University (ICU). They found out that the VR campus tour can complement and augment traditional campus tours.

The article is co-authored by Gibran Alejandro Garcia Mendoza, Jennifer Christine Clasara Fajardo, Siaw Eng Tan, Eiman Yassin from ICU Japan, and Teo Hui Thian from PETRONAS Leadership Centre, Malaysia.

The Michele Steele Best of JALT Awards is a program that was started to honor the speakers who make JALT events such valuable experiences. For the past 10 years the award has been given renewed importance and significance for the recipients.

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