EDU 974 Immersive Experiences in Education
Explore and experiment with the many possibilities for virtual reality (VR) integration in educational settings with an easy-to-use personal VR device. Hands-on experiences include VR apps, games, virtual communication and an evaluation of the advantages of and barriers to VR educational use in the present and near future.
This device-based technology integration course takes advantage of the recent availability of feature-rich personal standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets at a price that is accessible for many educational settings. The course will also guide participants through an investigation of the connections among VR and its technological world (often known as the “metaverse”), the lives of middle and high school students, and education. VR stands at a point where the technology is advanced and affordable enough for educational use, where classroom applications of VR have been documented and shared, and where there is now rapid advancement of capabilities and educational uses. This course would provide participants with skills and knowledge to be used in their present lives and classrooms, as well as instruction on and preparation for the very near expanding possibilities of VR.
The course is intended for middle and high school educators, and any other technology leaders, as VR metaverse devices are most often approved for people 12 or older. It is open to anyone else with the understanding that there may not always be an elementary-grades focus.
A Meta Quest 2 is included in the cost of the Wilson College version of this course (with no additional fees).
See what other educators are saying about this course
It opens up a whole new world of educational experiences.M.O., Language Arts Teacher
I loved the freedom to explore apps that will be relevant to our teaching situation.N.D.
This course gave a great introduction to using VR in education and background information about VR.N.S., Math Teacher
The course was great. It was respectful of my time, but also productive. I felt like I came away with a few lessons from this course.J.G., Math Teacher
This was one of the most interesting courses I have ever taken. This was the first course that I had no prior knowledge of content being delivered. I enjoyed the learning that took place. Very well done!!D.M.
This was one of the best grad courses I've taken. Very entertaining and informative. It might be a bit ahead of its time when it comes to technology integration, but definitely something coming in the future.J.R., Social Studies Teacher
I came into the course know nothing about virtual reality, and I feel confident enough to use it and teach it too.R.B., Science Teacher
This was one of the best, if not the best, courses I have ever taken.K.B., Special Education Teacher
Jeff has put together a very fun and educational course that helps us make sense of virtual reality technology and how it could impact student learning.B.T., Tech Specialist
A great class for VR users of all levels -- beginners to expert!J.K.
I loved the freedom that we had to take the course in the direction that was most helpful for each of us. I learned a lot about VR and appreciated the instructor's teaching style.K.M.
Loved this course. Got introduced to VR and the practical applications that can be used within our classrooms.C.K., Science Teacher