Lightning Ideas: Tech Spotlight on VR and Video

11:30AM - 12:15PM
Ohio Staters, Inc. Traditions Room

This breakout session will include three high-energy 15-minute presentations about virtual reality (VR) and 360° video. Learn how these technologies can be used to innovate within the classroom and beyond. You will be able to reconnect with presenters at the end-of-day session, Find My Idea, to ask questions, discuss challenges and share your own ideas!

Bringing 360° Video to Education
Scott Nelson

Virtual Reality technology has exploded over the last two years and become very affordable. VR and 360° video allow online students to have similar immersive field experiences as on-ground students. In this session, facilitator Scott Nelson will give an introductory overivew of 360° video and VR, provide examples of how 360° video is leveraged at Ohio State, and demonstrate how it can easily be integrated into your course. 

Virtual Reality in the Humanities Classroom
Andrew Smart

While the applications of VR are most often discussed in STEM fields, recent acceleration in the development of VR apps presents opportunities for transformative learning experience in diverse fields such as History, Architecture, and Gender Studies. This presentation will give an overview of potential classroom applications of VR platforms including Google Cardboard, the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Immerse yourself in a journey to the moon, tour a virtual archive of ancient architecture, switch bodies with a classmate to gain a new perspective, and learn about how virtual reality can enhance your students’ learning experience.

Panoramic Portals to Student Accomplishments
Tim Rhodus

Envision VR employed beyond the classroom, as students look forward to their future careers. Typically, generic resumes are used by students to inform employers of their academic and professional accomplishments. However, this traditional format leaves out the impact that organizations and geographic locations may have on a person's development. Imagine instead a virtual tour of various locations that have impacted a student's life which links to supplemental media-rich content showcasing particular accomplishments. By including 360˚panoramic movies in a virtual tour, students can provide unique and standout narratives that allow potential employers to visualize and gain a deeper understanding of their development and accomplishments.

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