305 Overcoming Barriers to Virtual Reality

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Tuesday, June 26


Moving your organization forward with new approaches to learning and development can be challenging—especially when the new approaches involve nontraditional ideas or technologies. Our Overcoming Barriers sessions bring together people who have already walked this path to share what they have learned. Join our panel of experts as they discuss how you can overcome the most common barriers to incorporating virtual reality into your training and development programs.


Novice to advanced designers, developers, managers, and executives.

Technology discussed in this session:

Virtual reality platforms, including multiple types of hardware and software.

Anders Gronstedt


Gronstedt Group

Anders Gronstedt, PhD, is president of the Gronstedt Group. He is an author, public speaker and entrepreneur. He is an advocate of using next-gen learning tools to advance real-world skills through virtual and augmented reality training, game, and simulation-based learning. Anders is a former faculty member of the University of Colorado's Boulder School and his articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review.

Bianca Woods

Sr. Manager of Programming

The eLearning Guild

Bianca Woods is a senior manager of programming for The eLearning Guild. With degrees in both art education and education media design and technology, she focuses on creating practical learning experiences that take advantage of the clarity and immersiveness that technology and good design can offer. Bianca has years of experience in education, including designing in-class courses, eBooks, eLearning, videos, and other media for BMO Financial Group; creating interprofessional collaboration content for Training Pirates; and working as a classroom teacher.

Hugh Seaton


Aquinas Learning

Hugh Seaton is the CEO of Aquinas Learning. He has a vision for learning: an always on, always with you AI learning coach that connects LMS, third party content, and conversational coaching together into a seamless experience. Virtual and augmented reality will be key to this, as are different flavors of artificial intelligence. After a global career in technology marketing, Hugh has spent six years pursuing this vision of the AI learning coach, with Aquinas Learning the result.

Amanda Clarida

Sales Training Development Manager

Volvo Trucks Academy

Amanda Clarida is a sales training development manager at Volvo Trucks Academy. She is proud to be part of a team that strives to consistently create quality learning solutions for their project sponsors by providing engaging learning experiences that drive business results. Amanda has worked in the training and development space for 18 years in a variety of industries, and she enjoys the interactions of the classroom environment. She has been instrumental in making virtual reality a reality for training at Volvo Trucks Academy.

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