Professor Orin James, a biology faculty member at Pitt Bradford, leads a yearly Study Abroad program to Austria. This past September in Bradford the Open Lab provided students interested in the program with Google Cardboard VR viewers as well as the chance to use an Oculus Rift headset. Students and faculty used this equipment to take virtual tours of some of the sites that they may get to visit during their time in Austria, but they also explored ice caves, tropical oceans, and even the human body itself.
A big thank you to Meg Koleck and the Center for Teaching and Learning Open Lab for working with me on this project. When I first got the idea that I might want to experiment with 360 video in my teaching, I saw it as a long-term proposition that I might aim to develop over the next couple of years. Working with Meg, I was able to get the support I needed develop a project for my class over a single semester.
One of our regular customers is Mathematics professor, Donna Rosenberger. Over the years, we have formed a good working relationship, so when one of our colleagues, Perry Ganchuck, mentioned a book he had been interested in called Visualizing Mathematics with 3D Printing, I offered Donna a chance to get some of those models printed for her courses.
After working with Student Health Rehabilitation Services to create some basic 360 video tours of the athletic training rooms in the Petersen Events Center, we are currently developing a more ambitious and intensive project that will focus on creating new and improved 360 content for SHRS recruiting efforts.
Jennifer White is an instructor and doctoral candidate with the Occupational Therapy program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Following a workshop given by our Teaching Commons, Jennifer was referred to our department by Carol Washburn. Jennifer expressed a general interest in 3D printing, and after some discussion and research we found that there is some potential for creating custom sized splints for hand and wrist injuries.