Many higher education institutions are developing advanced learning spaces to facilitate their students. These learning spaces can be hybrid, online or brick and mortar facilities that provide highly engaging and effective learning environments for students. During this virtual tour, we ‘visited’ facilities in operation at the University of Manchester, WU Vienna (Vienna University of Economics and Business), and NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology). They shared how the physical and virtual infrastructures have been put in place and how these spaces are maintained and used.
The University of Manchester has built a 3D virtual ‘twin’ of their Music and Drama centre. Users navigate through the virtual environment freely, moving between each scanned space. Information ‘tags’ were added to the virtual world to explain appropriate use of spaces and instruments, and videos were added to show performances from current staff and students. This has reduced the time that staff needed to explain the facility to students. ⤵️
WU Vienna (Vienna University of Economics and Business) have been focusing on building a virtual campus in order to support international classrooms more. On the tour they guided us through their virtual classrooms. ⤵️
- Rebecca Oldfield, Kar Stanton, and Alexandra McGaughrin Cross, The University of Manchester, UK
- Magnus Sæternes Lian, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
- Florian Mosböck and Mathias Janko, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
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