Virtual Reality in Online Graduate Instruction: A Seven Year Overview


Virtual Reality in Online Graduate Instruction: A Seven Year Overview

Since 2004, Eileen O'Connor has been a full time faculty member at Empire State College, working in science education and in most-recently in the Masters of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies. She has published and presented on the uses of technology in education and communication and pursues research on the use of emerging technologies (including virtual technologies) in teaching, learning, and communication. In spring 2015, she will be on sabbatical to develop, pilot, and study an immersive environment to bring science education to students in both America and Africa through e-based interactions (much work has to be done though to enable the computer interactions).

This presentation highlights seven years of integrating virtual reality into online education courses to build community, share work, create virtual conferences and poster sessions, and develop collaborative projects. A new course has students beginning to design their own complex virtual environments. Suggestions on effective virtual usage to be shared too.

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What have you experienced to date in virtual reality?

Started by Eileen O'Connor Sep 17, 2014. 0 Replies

I have been working (struggling) in virtual reality for seven years now - from Second Life to the open-source movement (less expensive but more groundwork must be done).   It has been thrilling to be…Continue

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Comment by Alexandra M. Pickett on September 16, 2014 at 2:22pm

This presentation is intended to illustrate the many, versatile ways that instructors can build learning environments and communities within virtual reality, using the applied and theoretical work of an online instructor. Highlights of past instructional uses will be reviewed, and links to the many videos, PowerPoint presentations, and publications about this work will be provided.

Practical, sensible applications that could be integrated fairly easily into online courses for community building and educational enrichment and collaboration will be discussed. Many resources, examples, videos, and tutorials will be made available for those interested in learning more.


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