603 Lessons from a Year of Cost-Effective Immersive Strategies in Higher Ed
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM Wednesday, June 26
Virtual reality offers instructors a high-impact tool for teaching and learning by engaging learners in a realistic 360-degree environment. While the instructional benefits are extraordinary, there have been two major challenges facing most collegiate classrooms; technology cost and instructional relevance. During this session, attendees will explore innovative VR assignments, utilized over the course of a year, and their evolution in online and in-person courses. Moreover, attendees will discover how to create effective and engaging VR assignments on a public institution budget.
This session will explore a faculty member and instructional designer's process to continuously and successfully incorporate VR in online courses and face-to-face labs at a public institution. You will learn how to get started collecting resources; utilizing free and open source technologies, and low-cost VR tools. You will be presented with common missteps and solutions when re-imagining budget-friendly and interactive immersive assignments for various subject matters. At the end of the session, you will have effectual guidelines for designing interactive 360-degree videos, as well as a proven method to integrate these immersive experiences in learning activities.
In this session, you will learn:
- Which VR experiences are most likely to create sticky learning
- The potential of interactive 360-degree videos and Google Cardboard for effective instruction
- How to locate and curate affordable VR tools and software
- Which tools and software you can use to design interactive 360-degree videos
Designers, developers, managers
Technology discussed in this session:
Ricoh Theta, Samsung Gear, SeekBeak, OculusGo, Google Cardboard, Smartphone, Cenario VR
Senior Instructional Designer/Instructor
Maikel Alendy is a senior instructional designer with FIU Online and has degrees from the University of Florida and Florida International University in the fields of neuroscience, cultural anthropology, healthcare, and business. Within FIU's honors college, Maikel teaches the fully-online course, Digital Fairytale, which merges social movements, disruptive technologies, and business trends with a dash of neuropsychology. He is also the instructor for the hybrid course Power of Play, in which students examine the importance of play throughout their lifetime and design games for K-5 students. Maikel currently serves as the online experience consultant for FIU's Honors College and the CTO for a small digital consulting company based in Miami.
Florida International University
Rodolfo Rego is a senior instructor in the Department of Earth and Environment at Florida International University, with an emphasis on STEM online course development and teaching. He is a geologist and an environmental scientist who specializes in the geology of South Florida and groundwater issues associated with petroleum contamination. He received his BS in geology in 1997 from FIU and his MS in geology in 2002 from FIU. He is also a member of the eLearning Guild and the faculty advisor to the Geology Club.