Using VR in the classroom
Description: As you can see by the ingredient list below, instructors can incorporate virtual reality (VR) in the classroom with minimal financial or time investment, and many VR videos and tours are free on YouTube.
- Virtual reality goggles (e.g., Google Cardboard)*
- Smart phones*
- (prep) Search YouTube for a video on your topic. Refine your search with Filter, and select 360 or VR180.
- Copy the link for your selected video.
- Share the link with your class via Canvas Announcements or your preferred communication method.
- YouTube: Advanced search (Filters)
* Virtual Reality (VR) is an emerging technology at IU, so more resources are being developed that can allow for more complex and immersive experiences. Instructors interested in VR should check with their campus teaching center to see what options are available. For example, instructors might have an option to borrow a high-quality VR headset, project the display in-class, and then encourage students to visit a VR lab on campus to experience it for themselves. This option removes the need for instructors to buy VR goggles for all of their students and for students to have smartphones or laptops capable of running VR.