Swansea University hosts inaugural VR teaching conference
Swansea University hosted it's inaugural VR Conference on September 12th 2018 on How Virtual and Augmented Reality can enhance learning and teaching in higher education – the first event of its kind in the UK.
The conference – which took place at the University’s Bay Campus – featured insights from Danaë Stanton Fraser, Professor in Human Computer Interaction at the University of Bath and Astrid Ensslin, Professor in Digital Humanities and Game Studies with the University of Alberta.
The event followed on from the great work that the University has already done to integrate Virtual Reality into teaching, such as developing an ‘Anatomy App’. This was a collaborative project between the College of Engineering and Sport and Exercise Sciences that tackled concepts students find challenging when taught in a traditional manner. Student experience was very much at the centre of this project with the main aim being to help students engage with anatomy material by providing an immersive learning environment where students assemble a skeleton in virtual reality.
Over 100 delegates from across Swansea University, other higher education institutions, the virtual reality industry and beyond were present at the conference, while those unable to be present in person were able to attend as Virtual Delegates through Sansar, the world’s leading social virtual reality platform.
The Virtual Delegates entered the Sansar platform as avatars and were able to attend presentations, view posters and interactive demonstrations and interact with the physical attendees.