virtual reality

Campuses transform learning through immersive technology

Penn State faculty are going beyond using traditional video in their courses by incorporating virtual-reality immersive experiences. They are discovering how those experiences help enhance active learning and focus students' attention on critical lessons in their courses.

Student in New Kensington IMEX Lab

Olivia Ahr, student at Penn State New Kensington, tries out the virtual reality (VR) technology available at the Penn State New Kensington campus through Media Commons. The campus' October 2019 Art Gallery exhibit will utilize VR technology by showcasing nine unique and immersive experiences.

Trice virtual reality experience at 2019 Off the Wall pARTy

A guest interacts with a unique virtual reality experience at the 2019 Off the Wall pARTy at Penn State New Kensington. Attendees of the event's VIP experience were able to utilize a mobile app to hover over graphics to reveal interesting elements designed by featured artist Rodney Allen Trice, professor of practice in graphic design at the Stuckeman School in Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture. Trice, who also showcased some of his industrial art pieces at the event, also recently won Penn State's Teaching and Learning with Technology Open Innovation Challenge.

Rodney Allen Trice at 2019 Off the Wall pARTy

Rodney Allen Trice, the featured VIP artist at the 2019 Off the Wall pARTy, mingled with guests during the event at Penn State New Kensington. Trice, Penn State alumnus and professor of practice in graphic design at the Stuckeman School in Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture, showcased various pieces of his art collection including upcycled and repurposed industrial furniture and lighting, as well as a unique virtual reality experience.