Students in Tait Johnson’s ARCH 593: Design and Construction Futures held the School’s first conference in Virtual Reality on May 6th! Students designed two virtual conference rooms using Rhino modeling software, then imported their models into the Hubs platform by Mozilla.
Fifty-five live student avatars joined the conference space along with two guest speakers from architecture firms in Illinois. Most participants used the web interface, but several had VR headsets including the two visiting guests.
Angel Chatterton is incorporating virtual reality to teach these important tax concepts. For her Principles of Taxation course, Chatterton is using VR to simulate a real life Airbnb. She and a team of three computer science and accounting students superimposed 360 degree GoPro pictures into a virtual reality headset and overlaid multiple choice questions, creating the VR Occulus Go Tax Project. Students can explore a room in the Airbnb, and they’re presented with questions about the proper tax classification for furniture, what is tax deductible, over what period of time is it tax deductible, and what is an expense?
Accounting faculty, Dr. Justin Leiby sent Master’s students from his Risk Management & Innovation course to CITL’s Virtual Reality Lab to complement in-class work on empathy-building.
“Understanding decision makers’ emotions is a crucial skill in business, especially for a subject like risk that people experience so idiosyncratically . . . VR was an enriching, fun, and powerful exercise of our empathy muscles.”
With the addition of 16 new VR workstations last summer, The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning is seeing a surge of interest in virtual reality as an educational tool. So far this Spring, CITL’s Innovation Studio has supported classes from Advertising, Psychology, Linguistics, French, Industrial Design, Architecture, Recreation, Sport and Tourism, Business Administration, Education, Informatics, Accounting and Journalism. Get in touch with us to discuss how you can use VR to engage your students, and how this technology could impact your discipline in the near future.
Justin Leiby, Associate Professor of Accountancy and Professor Ken Perry Faculty Fellowship in Accountancy
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Besides gaining an understanding of the history and application of virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality, students also designed their own immersive experiences (see links below). For example, students created virtual campus tours, games, and news stories.
VR@Illinois representatives visited the Consumer Electronics Show in January to test out the latest virtual and augmented headsets and explore the potential of haptics for education use.
Besides the 4K Pico Neo 2 shown above, we also had the opportunity to test the new 8K VR headset from Pimax. The Pico branded headsets are aimed at enterprise markets with no tie in to existing application stores like Steam or Oculus. The Pimax on the other hand is a consumer headset with the widest field of view available and an incredible 4K resolution per eye.