Creating virtual field trips for learning and teaching

Dr Andrew Yip, Post-doctoral research fellow, Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries Archives and Museums and Assoc Prof Nalini Pather, Associate Professor (Medical Sciences), and a Group Leader (Clinical Anatomy & Education Research)
Creating virtual field trips for learning and teaching

This seminar provides professional development in innovative teaching and learning methodologies to UNSW staff, by presenting a new system for teachers to create immersive virtual reality field trips for their students. It presents a case study of a cross-disciplinary design methodology and introduces UNSW researchers to the potential of the iCinema visualization centre.  Preliminary results from student surveys will be presented alongside data showing a positive correlation between student interactions with virtual field trips, assessments based off the experience and final course grades.

The Immersive Learning Level Editor allows teachers to create virtual environments from research data without the need for complex code. It is particularly useful for presenting difficult-to-access environments or content, or for delivering training requiring the simulation of complex tasks. Content can be created for a range of hardware platforms, from desktop computers to 360 degree 3D cinemas.

The seminar will present three case studies of virtual content created for students in Art and Design, Medicine and Geology.  It will showcase the different types of environments and interactions that are possible to create in the system, from a reconstruction of a medieval Buddhist cave temple, to panoramas of the sites of the earliest known life on Earth, to a flythrough of the human skull.

This seminar will be suitable to anyone interested in ‘virtual reality’, especially those working in the field, or in content areas where simulation is beneficial to learning.  At the end of the seminar interested participants will have the opportunity to sign up for further training in the use of the editor for use in their own courses.

About the Presenters:

Andrew Yip is a researcher at the iGLAM laboratory in Art and Design, where his research focuses on the applications for immersive and virtual reconstructions in the analysis of cultural materials for the gallery and museum sector. Prior to joining UNSW Andrew worked at the Art Gallery of NSW in programs and education.

Nalini Pather currently teaches in the UNSW Medicine programme as well as to Exercise Physiology, Biomedical Engineering and Medical Science students. Nalini is known internationally as an innovator in higher education and is well-respected for developing collaborative learning communities that engage colleagues and students in the strategic use of technology, and embedding practices such as team work, professionalism, online assessment and ePortfolios in higher education.

4th May 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

iCinema Centre, John Niland Scientia Building (G19), Lower Floor

Staff Only: Event open only to UNSW Staff
Louise Templeton