Last week, TLT Research Fellow Conrad Tucker hosted the first of a series of gatherings focused on virtual reality at Penn State. During the gathering, Conrad shared some of his work using virtual reality, focusing on the Oculus Rift as a tool to help students construct and deconstruct objects in Engineering design courses. Ann Clements, Associate Professor of Music Education, also shared information about her project that arose out of the Open Innovation Challenge. Ann is working with TLT to create a teacher simulator, leveraging technologies like the Microsoft Kinect, where students can practice various student engagement techniques in a virtual environment. Members of ARL, Geography, Engineering, TLT, Arts and Architecture and IST then discussed possible collaborative opportunities, including upcoming calls from the National Science Foundation.
If you’re interested in VR around Penn State, keep your eyes on the TLT website for news about our next meeting. We are tentatively planning another gathering in the winter at the Nittany Lion Inn. In addition to people around our community sharing project information, we hope to have a variety of projects on display for people to experience.