Virtual Reality for Learning and Teaching

Last modified by Mary Jacob on 06/10/2017

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The E-learning Group has acquired virtual reality (VR) headsets and camera for staff to use in teaching. You can create immersive learning environments or use materials that others have created, allowing students to explore places that they can’t visit in person. See this clip from Samsung showing what you can do. 

This immersive video takes you on a dive into the coral reefs in Palau. Click and drag on the clip or tilt your mobile device to pan left and right, up and down.

Here is a clip created by Aber students while on a field trip in Peru, in 2017.

The VR kit is available for staff use only. Book via Information Services Equipment Loan. Here is what we have acquired: 

photo of BoBoVR headsetphoto of Samsung Gear 360 camera

Immersive 3-D clips can be viewed in several ways:

  • Desktop or laptop computer – click and drag to pan and see what is all around you
  • Mobile device such as tablet or phone – change the angle of the device to look around 
  • Mobile phone with phone-in headset – play the clip in double screen mode and put the phone into the headset. You can see clips in 3-D and look around by moving your head.

Have a look at these sample videos:

Quick start

Daniel Low used VR with his students on a field trip to Peru in 2017, and created this Beginner Guide to 360 Video (based on a previous version of the same camera).

Pro Tip: Make sure that you use copyright-free music in your videos. See this blog post for guidance.

Camera

To create a video using the Samsung Gear 360 camera, there are three simple steps:

  • Capture a video or still image on the camera
  • Edit the video or image
  • Upload the clip to the VR sections of YouTube, Vimeo, or other platform

See online documentation for more details:

Headsets

To use the BoBoVR Z4 headsets, all you need to do is to load the clip onto your mobile phone with the correct settings, place the phone into the headset, and play it. 

There are quite a few VR clips on YouTube, or you can download specific apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play for various sets of content, or you can search for clips on the web, such as the YouTube VR channel

More detailed instructions can be found near the bottom of this support page.

Training

We are offering a hands-on training session in using both the camera and headsets: 6 November 10:10-12:00  Virtual Reality for Learning, Teaching and Research. Book through the CDSAP booking system.     

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