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Saturday, October 6 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Observing the Unobservable: Modeling the Natural World in Virtual Reality

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Like many schools within the last few years, at Colby College, we have been experimenting with virtual reality in the classroom and have been impressed with its potential to create profoundly immersive virtual environments, both real and imagined. Recently, in addition to building virtual spaces, we have also been exploring more specific uses of this technology. Creating models to represent objects which are to be studied has always been an essential part of scholarly research in every discipline, and we have found that VR is a powerful tool for modeling relationships, interactions, and behaviors, in addition to spaces. This presentation will focus on three projects that take advantage of VR’s modeling potential to fashion classroom experiences which allow students to observe that which is otherwise unobservable to them in the natural world or, at least, unobservable in the way their instructors would like.

Saturday October 6, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm
Walls Lounge

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