Online Learning Update

May 25, 2020

Using 360 Virtual Reality to Make Experiential Learning Accessible to All

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

Lynn Long, Gillian Dabrowski and Anne Grant, EDUCAUSE

In March 2019, it became apparent that there was growing interest among faculty and staff on our campus in using virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) to enhance teaching and learning. Consequently, last May, the VR/AR Community of Practice was born. One of the first potential projects the group discussed was in response to an accessibility concern. Typically, students who are enrolled in ENVS200, a second-year field ecology course, are required to attend a field trip that involves a 1.5 km hike over uneven terrain. We needed to provide alternatives for those who could not perform this physical activity.

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