Fashion Illustration Students Explore VR

Art & Design Instructor Chiara Vincenzi’s Fashion Illustration course visited CITL’s Innovation Studio to explore using Google Tilt Brush for quickly prototyping dress designs. Students spent 60 minutes to hone their skills and come up with a 3D dress design.  The video above and photos below show the students hard at work. Scroll down to see a 3D representation of examples of the student work created.

See more examples of student designs at Google Poly.

VR@Illinois Fall Meet-Up

The VR@Illinois network is hosting an informal get together on November 19th at 4pm. We’ll be meeting at the IDEA Lab in the basement of Grainger Engineering Library to discuss the recent seed funding of 17 Virtual and Augmented Reality proposals.

Join us to hear more about these projects and learn about the campus resources available to support your own AR and VR interests.

The VR@Illinois partnership includes the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, The University Library and Technology Services.

Step Into Virtual Reality Workshop

Come and join us in the Ikenberry Commons: Student Dining and Residential Programs (SDRP) building and learn how Virtual Reality works, ask questions, and playtest our Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, Valve Index, and Microsoft Hololens headsets.

The IDEA Lab and CITL Innovation Spaces have partnered with the Residence Hall Libraries for a workshop for beginners with little or no prior experience with Virtual Reality.

These sessions are free and open to all U of I faculty, students, and staff.

Workshop Location: Room 2003, Ikenberry Commons: Student Dining and Residential Programs (SDRP) Building, 301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign, IL 61820.

Register Here

I-Stem Article on VR Language Acquisition Research

The I-Stem Education Initiative highlighted the research of Tricia Thrasher in a recent online publication.

Can virtual reality (VR) be used to decrease foreign language anxiety and increase students’ oral proficiency? French PhD student Tricia Thrasher thinks so. Consequently, students in French 205 were slated to employ VR in the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning’s (CITL’s) Innovation Studio, providing the perfect opportunity for her to study the impact.

Read the full story here.

LAS article on growth in virtual reality

“Inside certain classrooms at the University of Illinois, it’s possible to go deep-sea diving to a sunken ship and witness a 100-foot blue whale—all without leaving Champaign County. With virtual reality equipment playing a growing role in classrooms, more and more students are seeing their learning experiences being transformed.”
Therese Pokorney for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Read the whole article here.