Educators, researchers and design teams continue to look for innovative solutions for online learning environments to better support lab-based and field-based instruction. The emergence of “affordable” interactive 360 video, VR technologies and production processes has given way to a new approach for capturing real-world situations, expert demonstrations and delivery of instructional content. With this technology, students can observe (visually, audibly) a recorded situation while retaining the ability to look around in any direction via mouse, touch pad, mobile device, Google Cardboard or other HMDs (head mounted displays).
The Instructional Innovations Services group with NC State's Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) department has partnered across campus with departments to continue the land grant mission to transform educational experiences and develop innovative technologies and pedagogies to solve instructional challenges. We believe 360º video and VR provides interactions and methods for presenting instructional content that differs from traditional video and may result in a measurable impact on student success.