Children’s interactive storytelling in Virtual Reality


Friday 15th October, 12:00-13:30 GMT

Registration: @EventbriteUK

Dr Dylan Yamada-Rice, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK & Dubit

This talk will focus on my study of children and VR covering four funded research projects from 2015. The first was an industry project that considered twenty 8–12-years-olds use of Virtual Reality (VR) for entertainment. The second took place as part of the wider MakEY study and looked at children’s making for and with VR. Thirdly, a UK-Japan network on location-based VR experiences and, finally, a co-designed location-based VR experience that was showcased at the V&A museum of childhood called ‘The Village’. This whistle-stop tour of the four projects will include showcasing some of the analysis that used novel multimodal methods that included stop-motion animation and graphic narratives to develop multimodal means for analysis within the context of VR.


Dylan Yamada-Rice is a Senior Lecturer in Immersive Storytelling, School of Digital Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK & Senior Research Manager, Dubitis. Dr Yamada-Rice is an artist and researcher specialising in storytelling and play. She works in a range of media including drawing, film photography and virtual Reality. Dylan studied Japanese Art History, semiotics and social science research methods before moving into experimental design. She obtained a BA in Art History and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African studies, University of London before going on to do postgraduate research in Japanese Art History at the University of Kyoto. She then went on to complete two Masters degrees in Childhood Education and Research Methods, before undertaking a PhD looking at children’s understanding of the visual mode within Japanese environments. This inter-disciplinary background has brought about a specialism in the role of culture in storytelling and use of emerging technologies, as well as how art and design practices can be combined with social science research methods to produce experimental means of collecting and analysing data. She has previously held academic posts at the University of Sheffield and in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art.


The Multimodality Talks Series is organised by the University of Leeds Multimodality@Leeds, The UCL Visual and Multimodal Research Forum, and Insulander/Svärdemo Åberg at the Department of Education, Stockholm University. It is conceived of working as a tandem with the Bremen-Groningen Online Workshops on Multimodality to make the best of the online format to offer multiple chances for sharing research and stimulating discussions on multimodality worldwide. The full Multimodality Talk Series programme will be releases shortly.

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