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Tuesday, November 7 • 09:00 - 16:00
Introducing Virtual Reality to the Classroom

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This workshop is aimed at instructors and administrators with little to no experience with creating or using VR in the classroom. It will provide an introduction to VR and the types of learning experiences that can be created with it. Participants will also get a chance to build their own VR experience from pictures on their smartphone.


1. Introduction (10 minutes)

2. Setting the stage: (30 minutes)

3. What is Virtual Reality?
  • Types of systems - Rift, Vive, PSVR, Cardboard, Gear, Daydream
  • Access - PC, console, Smartphone, all-in-one

  • Kinds of experiences - Immersive media -360 stills, 360 video; interactive media

4. Why is VR powerful?

  • Immersion - the feeling that you are part of the experience

  • Presence - the sense that you are in a different place

  • Interaction - your actions change the experience

5. What does it allow you to do that other mediums cannot?

  • See above

  • Comparing media types - text, still images, cinema, interactive media, virtual reality

6. What does this mean for the classroom?

  • VR can take us to places that are too dangerous or too expensive to visit

  • VR can allow us to share and experience other points of view

  • We can experience simulated environments

7. Break
(15 minutes)

8. Let’s build something (60 minutes)

Building a *basic* VR experience for Google Cardboard using the camera on an iOS device or Android app. Participants will create 360 stills with audio from their smartphone, and view them in a simple cardboard headset. This is an easy way to get students using and exploring with immersive media.

9. Lunch

10. Let’s build something cont'd (60 minutes)

11. Show and Tell (2 hours)

Featuring demonstrations of VR technology and a showcase of immersive media experiences to inspire participants' next steps.

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Tyler Heaton

MFA Candidate, New Media, University of Lethbridge
Tyler Heaton is a visual artist, technologist and educator. His work intersects technology, art and design, and how we can leverage these tools to tell more engaging stories. With over 15 years experience in education environments, he has a passion for translating technology trends... Read More →
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Kris Hodgson

Digital Communications and Media Instructor, Lethbridge College
Kris Hodgson is a Digital Communications and Media instructor at Lethbridge College. After recently completing his masters in Virtual Reality Storytelling through the U of A's Communication and Technology program (MACT). Hodgson is pursuing applied research through Lethbridge College to identify best practices in 360-degree storytelling in journalism by connecting... Read More →

Tuesday November 7, 2017 09:00 - 16:00 MST
Kinnear Centre - KC 205

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