Proposed Session: One-to-many: Engaging VR events using a single headset
Your Name and Title: Stephanie Friedman, Instructional Technologist and Emerging Technology Specialist
Library, School, or Organization Name: Mount Holyoke College
Co-Presenter Name(s): N/A
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Massachusetts, USA
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Librarians and technology specialists in public libraries, K-12, or higher education; Educators with limited budget but an interest in launching VR programs
Short Session Description (one line):
This presentation will focus on strategies for getting a small, lightweight program of VR events off the ground, using a single VR headset.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
Even as VR equipment becomes more affordable, multiple devices may not be an easy budget ask to make at your institution. You may want to pilot VR events as a proof-of-concept before committing, try out particular hardware before investing in a larger set, or develop your audience to see where particular interest lies. This presentation will focus on strategies for getting a small, lightweight program of VR events off the ground, using a single VR headset.
I’ll outline three structures for VR activities (the team challenge, the design lab, and the open house) that make use of a single headset to engage an audience of multiple participants. All of the strategies work well for an audience curious about, but not experienced in, VR. I’ll include tips on some particular apps that work well for each structure, as well as lessons learned about planning VR events when the technology is a new addition to your toolkit. While the pilot programs described took place at a small liberal arts college, they can be easily adapted to other settings, including public libraries, makerspaces, or other educational environments.
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