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Friday, October 20 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Integrating 360-degree VR Technology into the Classroom

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Each panelist will discuss how they have integrated 360-degree VR technology into their respective classrooms. Dr. Katherine Ryker, Associate Professor of Geology at USC and Dr. Katy Johanesen, Associate Professor at Juniata College, PA will discuss a VR-based freshman geology lab experiment designed to compare N=240 Introductory Geology students participating in either a VR or non-VR training to learn about mapping in 3-dimensions. Preliminary findings reveal mixed results on student engagement, learning and the transferability of skills between VR and non-VR settings. Professor Lear-Edwards, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs at USC, will discuss the integration of 360-degree VR content into her retail management classes specializing on retail loss prevention. She also will discuss the use of 360-degree VR content for simulated study abroad experiences that were particularly important during the COVID-19 crisis and for students with limited resources. Here is a link to the retail loss prevention VR video: https://youtu.be/LgzWu-UnB98 Dr. Brian Mihalik, Professor, and Ms. Mihalik, Center for Teaching Excellence, have produced over N=50, 360-degree, educationally focused, VR projects and integrate these videos into all his USC sport, entertainment, and global tourism classes. Dr. Mihalik’s students previously utilized inexpensive VR goggles and their smart phones to view YouTube hosted videos. Research of student opinions of their VR immersive experience will be discussed. Here is a sample link to one of their VR educational videos: https://youtu.be/6LpYZBxHcuw
Panelists: Dr. Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina
Dr. Katy Johanesen, Juniata College, PA
Ms. Karen Lear Edwards, University of South Carolina
Dr. Brian J. Mihalik, University of South Carolina
Ms. Linda Mihalik, Center for Teaching Excellence Affiliate, University of South Carolina


Brian Mihalik

University of South Carolina

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Karen Lear Edwards

University of South Carolina
Karen Edwards is a senior instructor in the Department of Retailing, where she teaches retail- and law-related courses in both online and face-to-face formats. Edwards is certified by Quality Matters to review and assess the quality of online courses offered by higher education institutions... Read More →

Katy Johanesen

Associate Professor of Geology, Juniata College

Linda Mihalik

University of South Carolina
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Katherine Ryker

Associate Professor, University of South Carolina

Friday October 20, 2023 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
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