An Introduction to Virtual Reality (VR): Affordances and Use Cases (CTE7503)Export this event to calendar

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 — 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM EDT

Facilitators:Gillian Dabrowski (Centre for Extended Learning) and Gwen Penner (Centre for Extended Learning)
Location: MC 2036


This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in an introduction to Virtual Reality (VR). The presentation will focus on highlighting the affordances of VR through an overview of use cases (30+ examples) from education and various industries. You will learn about the difference between VR and other emerging technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR). You will gain insight into 360 video, 3D graphics, Social applications, and VR viewing devices. You will also gain understanding of the challenges of VR. The presentation will end by suggesting how you might explore VR further for teaching and learning.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • summarize the differences between VR, AR and MR
  • identify types of VR (360 video, 3D, and social applications)
  • describe VR examples from education and industry (use cases)
  • explain why you would want to use VR (affordances)
  • reflect on applications of VR for teaching and learning in your classroom
  • identify challenges of VR


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MC - Mathematics & Computer Building
Room 2036
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1