Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in education may seem simply like a tool for the student of the future, however, it is very much the here-and-now at Grand Valley State University!
VR and AR have the reputation of being something “high tech” and often very expensive with high-end headsets and controllers and while we have those tools in the Technology Showcase it isn’t necessarily required for an effective educational experience.
A simple smart phone, a Google Cardboard headset, and a Merge Cube can be a handy and cheap teaching tool for some faculty. There are plenty of apps on a variety of subjects offering some educational value, however often they aren’t very helpful beyond basic information on a subject, and lean on the technology itself as a gimmick for appeal. They’ve been simply something cool and new to try.
Unsatisfied with what is available we, in eLearning and the Atomic Object Technology Showcase, created a small team to work with faculty on developing ideas for their subjects and courses to help them instruct and students learn. Within VR and AR possibilities are vast and we are just beginning to scratch the surface of what we are capable of. Whether 360 degree photographs or video, seeing objects and tools in augmented reality, or having a wholistic immersive virtual reality experience, we have the technology to develop and create new ways for students to learn.
“I am excited to be working with the showcase and student assistants, to engage with faculty and discover how virtual reality can enhance teaching and learning. If you are a faculty member at GVSU with an idea, let’s talk!” – Digital Media Developer, Hunter Bridwell
This post by Hunter Bridwell, Digital Media Developer, eLearning and Emerging Technologies. Hunter is a Digital Media Developer at Grand Valley State University. He works with faculty and staff to assist, facilitate, and create digital content for courses and instruction. Leveraging his skills and expertise in photography, video capture, and a variety of other media, Hunter strives to create potent and effective content.