Virtual/Augmented Reality Panel Presentation (CTE7524)Export this event to calendar

Friday, March 6, 2020 — 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Facilitators: Lynn Long (Centre for Teaching Excellence) & Gillian Dabrowski (Centre for Extended Learning)


Virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) involve the use of technology to enter an alternate, 3D view of the real world, a fantasy world, or a combination of both using a desktop computer or a mobile phone. Research is demonstrating that these technologies can be used effectively to facilitate the acquisition and practice of skills; provide opportunities to explore distant, dangerous, or inaccessible locations; bring together distant people for educational purposes; and enable learners to take on the perspective of others. 

Virtual reality is being explored across campus as a way to enhance learning and bridge educational gaps.  Several members of the VR/AR Community of Practice will share their experiences and  provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions while exploring the potential of VR/AR inside and outside the classroom. Presenters include John Johnston (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Thorsten Dieckmann (Chemistry), and James McCarthy (Environment) and Anne Grant (Environment).


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