Educause explores future of extended reality on campus

An Educause project is examining the integration of 3D technologies — 3D scanning and printing, virtual reality and augmented reality — into education to create “extended reality.” The “Campus of the Future” initiative, sponsored by HP but fully run by Educause, defines the concept of “extended reality” as a spectrum that stretches from the real world at one end to an immersive simulation at the other end.

The project handed out VR-ready computers and workstations, high-resolution monitors, scanners and scanning turntables, 3D printers and VR/AR headsets to 11 colleges and universities. According to “Learning in Three Dimensions: Report on the HP/Educause Campus of the Future Project,” participating schools were expected to use the technology “to conduct an active exploration of 3D technologies” in the classroom during the 2017-2018 academic year, “as a component of research projects, or both.” All participants were already involved in using 3D tech in learning and research. But the idea was to identify the “leading edge” of the tech as a way to “project the future” of extended reality in higher education.

[ Read the full article at Campus Technology. ]

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