The Festival of Learning 2016 has ended, it took place June 6–9, 2016. This post-secondary education event hosted more than 400 delegates, offering a variety of session formats, learning experiences, unique spaces, as well as social and networking events. Don’t miss the next Festival of Learning 2018 happening May 28-30, 2018.

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Tuesday, June 7 • 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Expanding the classroom: The Why, When and How of using Virtual Reality in Education (1:55 - 2:40) (Area 3A) LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Open Session Limited to 50 Participants (First-Come, First-In). This session takes place in a large ballroom environment, with one other session happening concurrently at the opposite end of the room. (Area 3A)

Having students visualize spaces and places outside of the classroom has always been a central part of education. Traditionally, this has been done using stories, images, videos and field trips. However, these are limited either in how immersive they are, or in the logistical and budgetary constraints of bringing students out of the classroom.

An exciting alternative is to leverage recent technological advances in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to let students virtual explore different places or experiences. For example, imagine the benefit to medical students to be able to virtually sit in on a surgery, or to bringing architecture students on a virtual tour of Paris. There are more abstract applications as well, such as having students visualize a graph or piece of art in 3D.

Like most tools however, there are best practices for use in education that are only now being developed. Coupled with this are the rapidly changing technologies that can produce a steep learning curve for educators. In this studio session, the presenters will share their own experiences and uses for the technology, and help guide participants through the hands-on process of designing, developing and testing their own VR product.

Participants will leave with an appreciation for the different possible applications of VR technology in their own field, while gaining practical skills in making the first steps toward building their own. 360-degree cameras and sample 360-degree footage will be available for participants to experiment with.

Arthur 'Gill' Green, Teaching and Learning Fellow (Flexible Learning), University of British Columbia
Loch Brown, Instructor, University of British Columbia
Derek Turner, Teaching and Learning Fellow (Flexible Learning), University of British Columbia
Miriam Katz, Student, University of British Columbia
Yuqing "Kimi" Shen, Student, University of British Columbia

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Loch Brown

Instructor, University of British Columbia
I am passionate about pedagogical innovation and how we can leverage existing and emerging technologies to enhance learning in environmental and geographic education. I am also interested in examining, through a more critical lens, the underlying forces driving how and why educational... Read More →
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Gill Green

Professor, Okanagan College
Property rights, war crimes, GIScience, & open pedagogy.

Miriam Katz

Student, University of British Columbia

Yuqing "Kimi" Shen

Kimi is a 4th year electrical engineering student at UBC. He is currently a Research Assistant in the Department of Geography, working on building a WordPress plugin called “FieldPress” to help faculty organize and build flexible field trips without advanced technical experti... Read More →
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Derek Turner

Teaching and Learning Fellow (Flexible Learning), University of British Columbia

Tuesday June 7, 2016 1:55pm - 2:40pm PDT
Grand Villa 3 Ballroom (Second Floor)