Virtual Reality Lab


  • Experience the future of education

     

    Carroll students are able to able to travel through time, tour the International Space Station, explore distant lands and visit famous museums in our new Virtual Reality (VR) Lab. 

    While many associate it with video games, VR is being used more often in education, and studies show it increases student engagement, leading to deeper learning. VR also gives students new ways to learn collaboratively.
     

    The technology provides almost unlimited possibilities, including:

    • Exploring the Great Pyramid
    • Touring Anne Franke’s childhood home
    • Learning about the inside of the human body
    • Going on a mission into outer space
    • And much more

    All VR experiences are free for students and faculty, and they can select from an extensive catalog. A list of available experiences can be found in Student Resources in Canvas. If there is an experience you would like to try, contact the lab.

    The lab is located in L098 in the lower level of the College library.

    Lab hours:

    • Tuesday 12–4 p.m.
    • Wednesday 3–7 p.m.
    • Thursday 9 a.m. –12 p.m.
    • Friday 12–4 p.m.

    Appointments are required to ensure lab space and experiences are available. (Lab opens September 7)

    Individuals must be a Carroll student or staff member to use the lab. Players are required to have a Carroll ID. You can obtain one at the Library Front Desk if you do not have one.

    The Virtual Reality Lab is run by Ryan Mauler and Brent Linaweaver from Media Services, and supervised by Andrea Gravelle, Director of Online Learning & Media.

    To learn more, contact Andrea Gravelle at agravelle@carrollcc.edu, Ryan Mauler at rmauler@carrollcc.edu or Brent Linaweaver at blinaweaver@carrollcc.edu

  • Virtual Reality Lab FAQs

    What is Virtual Reality (VR)?

    VR is an immersive, simulated experience that can be similar to or completely different from the real world. It allows the user to have experiences they may not be able to, such as visiting historical places or events, traveling to distant destinations and interacting with people they otherwise could not meet.

    How does VR work?

    The user wears a headset and holds two controllers to navigate the experience. In the headset, the user becomes fully immersed, typically in a 360-degree environment. 

    I looked at the list of experiences and want to try some of them, but there’s a cost. Do I have to pay? 

    No. Virtual Reality is free for all Carroll students and employees. However, purchases of experiences must be recommended by a professor. Please contact Andrea Gravelle for further information. 

    My professor recommended a VR experience for my class. How can I view it? 

    If your professor has recommended a VR experience, you can make an appointment with the VR Lab and specify the experience you want to have. 

    I’m a professor and I’d like to use VR in my classroom. Is this possible? 

    Absolutely! We have five (5) headsets that can be brought to your classroom via mobile carts. Contact Media Services to book a headset. Please note, while we will do our best to accommodate requests, there may be occasions when we are unable to due to conflicts with other duties. The earlier the request is made, the more likely we will be able to serve your needs. 

    My professor assigned our class to do a VR, but I do not want to wear a headset. Do I have to? 

    No one will be forced to wear a VR headset. We are able to stream someone else’s experience(s) to a monitor, which you can then view.

    I’ve heard that VR can make people nauseous, and I’m not sure how it will affect me.

    The immersive experience can make some people nauseous or have other physical effects. However, students should not be afraid to try them. All experiences have comfort ratings to help you know if you may have an adverse reaction to it. Lab staff will help you find the level best for you. 

    How long can I use a headset? Is it sanitary?

    Depending on availability, you can use the headset for as long as you need to. However, we don’t recommend extended periods of use. Headsets and handhelds are wiped with disinfectant wipes between each use, and users are required to wear a disposable eye mask.

    I’m unavailable during open lab hours. Is there another time I can use VR? 

    We will make every effort to accommodate students and employees. However, the Media Services department has other duties and may not be available.  

       

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