ERIC Number: ED413961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Using Virtual Reality To Bring Your Instruction to Life.
Prepared by the manager of a virtual reality (VR) laboratory at North Carolina's Haywood Community College, the three papers collected in this document are designed to help instructors incorporate VR into their classes. The first paper reviews the characteristics of VR, defining it as a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional environment, the contents of which can be viewed and manipulated by users. This paper also discusses the range of immersion that users can feel in the environment and methods for achieving that immersion, methods for tracking user and environment position and orientation, VR input devices, the use of sound and tactile feedback, and professional applications of VR. The second paper describes the following steps in planning a VR system: (1) defining the desired application--including the level of immersion desired, viewing and input devices, and position and orientation tracking capabilities; (2) assessing institutional resources and capabilities; (3) choosing VR development software, taking into consideration geometry creation and editing, programming requirements, peripheral and network support, system requirements, and portability; and (4) selecting appropriate hardware to manage peripheral devices, such as graphics cards, head-mounted displays, and tracking devices. The final paper describes VR courses taught at HCC, reviews past projects, and discusses current and future VR development. A list of Web addresses for VR-related companies is attached. (BCY)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the League for Innovation Conference on Information Technology (Atlanta, GA, Oct. 12-15, 1997).