We’re changing the way students learnVirtual Reality Field Trip
UBC IT strives for an active learning experience for students, introducing technologies to enhance classroom interaction, and providing additional options for access and flexibility. This year, we collaborated with students, faculty and teaching fellows from UBC Geography, UBC Studios staff, and industry experts (MetanautVR) on the Stanley Park Geography Virtual Reality Field Trip.
Field trips are a necessity for geography students to enhance their knowledge and understanding. However, study sites are not always easily accessible, nor is funding available. With an effort to make experiential learning more accessible, the Stanley Park Geography Virtual Reality Field Trip is a proof of concept to demonstrate students can learn in a fully interactive virtual space. When wearing VR goggles, users are immersed in a 3D spatial environment of Stanley Park with interactive elements where they can travel through time and space and explore the history of one of West Coast’s most iconic parks.
“We are moving away from the typical traditional means of classroom teaching and exploring other ways of using technology to enhance learning both inside and outside of the classroom,” says Loch Brown, Senior Instructor, Geography Department. To encourage others to explore this groundbreaking work, the programming code is now openly licensed and shared publicly for other educational institutions to adapt and use in teaching and learning.
More information available at http://eml.ubc.ca/projects/geography-vr/
We are moving away from the typical traditional means of classroom teaching and exploring other ways of using technology to enhance learning both inside and outside of the classroom.
Loch Brown Senior Instructor of the Geography Department