Research & Development

Photo of Barbara Truman April 2020Greetings. I’m Barbara, a scholar, and researcher exploring innovative ways to facilitate networks of people and organizations across education, government, military, and industry. My quest is to promote inclusivity and accessibility using virtual reality, specifically virtual worlds to create smart, enabled, and sustainable communities. Photo taken at the Red Geranium, New Harmony, Indiana, the town modeled in the virtual world grid, Virtual Harmony.

I study open source, virtual world communities. My research has found that cultivating an avatar persona creates attachment, building a personal identity as a mirror to ‘self’. When the avatar attachment is strong, enhanced collaboration with other avatars can result in attachment to the virtual world milieu that can now involve the physical world using extended reality (XR) and the Internet of Things (IoT).  Why is this important?

Discovering and using strengths! I think of Appreciative Reality as the practice of inquiry into what factors contribute to the development of avatar identity that leads to constructive, leadership activities used across virtual-physical communities for the benefit of society and sustainability. Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society book

Experience has led me to be a champion of The Metaverse committed to building strength-based leaders, citizens, researchers, educators, and most of all collaborators.

My research into collaboration using immersive, virtual environments seeks to model interactions that promote Transdisciplinarity, a skill and philosophy needed to deal with complexity. In 2017, the IGI Global book, Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning was released. I am a co-editor and we are working on an update. Check it out! Drax Files interview podcast from February 2017.

This site provides information about my experience, current studies, and future goals. If you are a researcher interested in these topics, please contact me about collaborating. First name.Last name at Gmail. Thank you!

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