Eric Hawkinson - Learning Futurist

Eric Hawkinson
Learning Futurist

Eric is a learning futurist, tinkering with and designing technologies that may better inform the future of teaching and learning.  Eric's projects have included augmented tourism rallies, AR community art exhibitions, mixed reality escape rooms, and other experiments in immersive technology.

Professor - Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
Research Coordinator - MAVR Research Group
Founder - Together Learning
Designer - Reality Labo
Community Leader - Team Teachers
Interactive Design - TEDxKyoto

Eric Hawkinson

What I Stand For

Core Passion

To understand the factors and technologies reshaping how humans happily teach, learn, work, and grow.

Core Values

Open Knowledge - Free and open access to information is a foundation to a productive modern life, connected to ideas of the open web and platform agnosticism.
Privacy by Design - Business models are increasing moving toward supporting revenue by collecting, curating, and trading behavioral surplus through technology. These models should be tempered with safety, ethics, and privacy concerns and designed as such.
Digital Literacy for All - An informed public about the use of technology is key for a responsible and engaged digital society. 

Core Topics

• The Future of Teaching and Learning
Immersive Learning Design
• Augmented and Virtual Learning Development
• Designing Mixed Reality Learning Environments
• Digital Citizenship, Privacy, and Ethics
• Digital and Immersive Tourism
AR/VR/MR/XR Research
• Automation in Teaching and Learning

What I Do

Research and Development

Developing and implementing augmented and virtual learning environments.
Conducting research in immersive learning.


I work with districts, schools, and companies to best design and deploy technology for teaching and learning.  I have helped set up immersive learning labs, designed online courses, and consulted on technology initiatives in different contexts.

Public Outreach

I feel the need to do public outreach on issues in schools and society from immersive technology integration.  There are many initiatives going forward before important questions are asked.  I want to help guide the conversation so we can transition to this new era of our schools and learning in the best way possible.


Looking for some help?

Let's Connect

Active participation in the conversations around the future of teaching and learning

Passion Projects

Projects come and go, but these are the ones that have stuck around.

Together Learning
Together Learning

A community of technology minded learners.  Exploring human potential... together.

Reality Labo
Reality Labo

Augmented reality enhanced learning environments and mixed reality rapid prototyping.

Team Teachers
Team Teachers

Supporting educators with technology and digital literacy development.

Portfolio Samples

Some smaller projects (Click for More)

Eric Hawkinson VR
WebVR for Model United Nations
Training Future Leaders in Virtual Reality
TEDx Augmented Reality Eric Hawkinson
AR at TEDxKyoto
Designed an AR experience for participants of this event
Forever Kyoto Eric Hawkinson
Immersive Media in Japan is a media project for Japanese travel promotion
Library AR Scavenger Hunt Eric Hawkinson
Library AR Scavenger Hunt
Student Project of Gamified Tour using AR
Eric Hawkinson Shared VR Space
Shared VR Space
Designed a space for groups to experience VR Together for a university

Educational Game Design

Failing for fun is sometimes the best way to learn
American Citizenship: The Game - Eric Hawkinson
Educational Board Game
American Citizenship

The main goal of this project is to help applicants prepare for the civics portion of the interview required to become a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Educational RPG - Eric Hawkinson
Educational RPG

An adventure game designed to illustrate how humans have adapted new ways of communication from new technologies.

AR Escape Room
Team Building Game
AR Escape Room

A puzzle game that utilized the augmented reality app I developed used for team building activities for volunteer groups.


Project updates and Research Notes


Helping to Lead

Engaging in different communities of practice, research, and business to gain insight to the issues from as many viewpoints as possible.

Adobe Education Leader

Adobe Education Leaders are dedicated to enhancing creativity and collaboration and improving the teaching and learning experience. They share their expertise through workshops and conferences and help develop standards-based curriculums that are used worldwide.

Certified Google Innovator

The Google for Education Certified Innovator Program recognizes and supports top educators who are excited to grow professionally, advocate for impactful technology, and innovate to improve classrooms, schools and local communities.

Microsoft Innovative Expert

The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert program is a premier program created to recognize global educator visionaries.


Seeking to contribute to the advancement of immersive technology in learning


Books, Research Papers, and other Publications from board games to science fiction short stories


Public talks, presentations, workshops, and other public appearances from blogs and newspapers to TV and radio.


Competitive awards such as public and private research grants, development competitions, and leadership recognition

Available talks online (Click to Watch)


Eric Hawkinson BETT Asia
LEARNTECH Asia Eric Hawkinson
IEEE Research Eric Hawkinson
TEDSummit Eric Hawkinson
Eric Hawkinson TEDx
Campus Party Eric Hawkinson
Bunkacho Eric Hawkinson

Public Speaking Inquires

Passionate about an informed global digital community

Learning opportunities for your students and community

Global Collaborative Learning Projects

Consider joining one of my ongoing international learning initiatives either with your students or by yourself

Global Collaborative Learning Projects

Why Me Project

Why Me?

6-8 Weeks

15-20 Hours

Leadership Communication
Explore the 'why' in each of us to better communicate with teams and engage with communities

BIG Project

Before I Graduate

3-5 Weeks

10-15 Hours

Goal Setting
Finding a north star to guide us into the future and supporting each other in moving toward it.

Hometown Project

My Hometown

6-8 Weeks

25-30 Hours

Cultural Exchange
Travel the world without leaving home, exploring communities alive with stories and experiences in virtual reality.


Let me know how I can be helpful


The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
- Albert Einstein