Date & Time: September 13, 2021 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Virtual

This presentation describes the experience of the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL), Ecuador in the implementation of augmented and virtual reality to facilitate art exhibitions accessible to all at any time and from any place.

This work is developed with the support of UTPL students who are part of a virtual reality club and the University’s extended realities laboratory in collaboration with faculty professors and experts in this field.

Different platforms will be presented for virtual exhibitions, among them, the 3D campus of the UTPL in which the exhibition “Loja City of Murals” is currently available and a historical tour of the most important milestones reflective of 45 years of UTPL’s open and remote learning.

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About the Presenters

Martha Vanessa Agila Palacios

Martha Vanessa Agila Palacios is a Research Professor and Director of Technologies for Education of the Office of the Vice President for Open and Distance Modality, UTPL, Loja – Ecuador, Computer Systems Engineer at the Private Technical University of Loja (UTPL) – Ecuador, MA. in Distance Education, UTPL – Ecuador, Diploma of Advanced Studies in Artificial Intelligence: Connectionist and Symbolic Perspective, UNED – Spain, Student of the Doctoral Program Training in the Knowledge Society, USAL -Spain. Docente bimodal de la UTPL. Research expert: e-learning, m-learning, active learning, digital skills.

Alejandro Fuertes

Alejandro Fuertes was born in Loja in 1996. He’s a student of Software Engineering at the Private Technical University of Loja, Ecuador. He is completing his research study, developing an AR application. Alejandro served as president of his career between 2020-2021 and vice president between 2021-22. He has been a member of the VR Club of the University since it was created. While being a member of the VR Club, he has attended many XR events such as Virtual Reality Day Ecuador 2020, Colombia and Ecuador Showcase 2021, and iLRN 2021: 7th Annual Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network.

Alejandro has been working in Extended Reality for about 3 years. He has created many apps for the VR club, and some others for the signatures of his career. His passion is clear when he speaks about coding, developing the back-end of applications makes him feel great. Once he runs the apps and sees everything is working fine, there is a sense of relief and he is proud of his job. He loves Augmented Reality and this is the field he would love to work on in the future. The facility to reach users all over the world where users just have to use their smartphones makes Augmented Reality a great option in creating apps to help people improve their quality of life.

Dr. Eva Haller

Born in 1930 in Budapest, Hungary, in 1942, she joined her older brother underground in the Hungarian resistance where she created anti-Hitler leaflets. She was hidden among students at the Scottish Mission, which was raided by soldiers when they discovered that the Institute was hiding Jewish students. Eva convinced a Nazi officer that she was too young and too beautiful to die and to let her escape; she remained in hiding throughout World War II. Eva eventually reached New York, where she cleaned houses and concurrently earned a master’s degree in social work from Hunter College. In 1965, she joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Selma march. Along with her late husband, Murray Roman, Eva co-founded the Campaign Communications Institute of America, a marketing and research company that revolutionized the use of telemarketing in political campaigns. In 1968 Murray and Eva Roman set off to volunteer with UNICEF in Southeast Asia for close to a year. The couple returned to the United States with a renewed commitment to social issues. She and her husband re-opened their business, which became one of the first to advocate for women’s rights. With help from the proceeds of their successful business, they continued the pursuit of their philanthropy. After Murray died, Eva married Yoel Haller and has pursued her philanthropic career, widely revered and honored with numerous awards. For more information please visit:

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