Aleshia Hayes (She/her/hers)
University of North Texas
Aleshia Hayes, PhD., is an Assistant Professor of Learning Technology at the University of North Texas and the director of the SURGE (Simulation, User Research, Game Experience) VR lab where she leads the development and testing of technology for learning. Aleshia Hayes is an educator, researcher, and developer focusing on emerging technologies (Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, IoT), Gaming, and Gamification. Aleshia is passionate about implementing, developing, and measuring effective, engaging, and usable educational technologies that simultaneously encourage critical thinking and respect for diverse learners and learning styles. She has worked on large-scale extended reality educational projects sponsored by NIH, NSF, Department of Defense, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.