Virtual Reality Interest Grows Across Campus

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

Tait Johnson, Lecturer Department of Architecture

Latest VR and AR headsets on display at CES 2020

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.

Jamie Neslon from the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning tries on the Pico Neo 2 headset.

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.


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.