Register now: Summerschool 'Academic Teaching with VR'

Can virtual reality help students with understanding the hard parts in academic courses? Could it give them a better sense of the working practice in a research field? Join our summerschool 'Academic teaching with virtual reality'.

2016 looks like the year of VR. During a summerschool of the Centre for Innovation, academic teachers and professors can gain a good understanding of the possibilities of Virtual and Augmented Reality and 360º video for education. We explore existing tools, apps and help you to create a concept - or perhaps even a simple prototype - for an application in teaching. 

We like to welcome academic teachers and professors, who are curious about the possibilities of virtual reality, to join our summerschool 'Academic teaching with virtual reality'. During this summerschool, organised in a cooperation by the Centre For Innovation’s New Media Lab, ICTO programme and Faculty of Science, we will explore the possibilities virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) offer as tools for learning.


Understanding the possibilities of VR and AR

We will walk through ancient cities, watch unique natural events, interact with data visualizations, talk with people from over the world, and practice public speaking. But we will also find out that we can come up with exciting new applications, which we haven’t thought of before.

We explore existing tools and help you to create a concept - or perhaps even a simple prototype- for an application in your teaching. After the summerschool we can help you realizing your concept, and you will have a good understanding of the possibilities of virtual and augmented reality for education.

Summerschool Programme

6 & 7 July
9.00-12.30        Workshop
12.30- 13.30     Lunch.
13.30 -17.00     Work on your project proposal (no official programme)

8 July
9.30-12.00       Work on your project (no official programme)
13.00-17.00     Workshop
17.00-18.30     Closing event with drinks



Workshop 1 (Wednesday, July 6)

  1. Getting familiar with state-of-the-art Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies, current limitations and future developments.
  2. Experiencing VR & AR and 360º content (Gear VR, HTC Vive & Oculus Rift) and analyzing how this could have value in education.
  3. Generating ideas for application of VR & AR in your own academic teaching.

Workshop 2 (Thursday, July 7)

  1. Analyzing of existing educational content. What does and what does not work well? What are the challenges and opportunities?
  2. Reviewing proposed ideas and deciding which are most valuable.
  3. Developing a concept: what is the information you want to convey? What is the story you would like to tell?

Workshop 3 (Friday, July 8)

  1. Further development of concepts, with attention to implementation and embedding in educational practice.
  2. Where possible, creating simple prototypes with our assistance.
  3. Presentation of concepts

More information

This event is an initiative by the Virtual Reality Learning Lab and the New Media Lab. The New Media Lab is part of the Centre for Innovation of Leiden University. The Virtual Reality Learning Lab is a collaboration between the Centre for Innovation, the Faculty of Science and the ICTO program of Leiden University.

The workshops will be led by Robin de Lange and Thomas Hurkxkens.

Leiden University (Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs)
Schouwburgstraat 2, The Hague

Course fees
Teachers Leiden University: €75
Teachers other Universities: € 350 



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