Randy Rode


Senior leader, education innovator in use of emerging technologies to advance learning outcomes.

I am an innovator with educational uses of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and other extended reality (XR) technologies in support of research and teaching activities, with a particular emphasis on medicine and health.  Recent projects include implementation of an AR based anatomy teaching application for the Yale School of Medicine, launch of the Yale University XR in Medicine community and establishing a developer partnership to explore AR-based ultrasound use cases. 

A prominent voice in uses of XR in higher education and medical settings, leading conversations and explorations with peer institutions and industry XR developers, I am a frequent speaker at higher-education conferences on the topic of XR, an organizer of XR workshops for higher education institutions and facilitator of the Educause higher education Extended Reality(XR) in Education community forum.  

Instructional design is a strong part of my professional background, and an important part of my approach to serving students and the faculty I support.  During my time as an online instructor with Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT) I adapted and developed several graduate courses in the Communications Department.  My specialization for that program was user-centered design techniques for web communications – techniques that transfer well when planning XR projects.  Instruction design is also a key element of creating effective and impactful XR experiences for an educational setting.  

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • From XR Pilots to Full-Scale Deployments: Considerations
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    The Extended Reality (XR) Implementation Strategy Workbook can help higher education institutions transition XR experiments from the pilot phase to broad institutional deployments by guiding them through five strategic dimensions that shape the expanded use of XR technology in educational environments.

EDUCAUSE Presentations