Virtual Reality at the University of Utah School of Dentistry

This summer Dr. Mark Durham at the University of Utah School of Dentistry introduced a new mixed reality strategy for teaching students by incorporating VIVE systems to his summer course.  After learning about the tools and content created in collaboration with the Marriott Library’s Creative Spaces Department our UEN PDTV Video team set out to film a short story about Dr. Durham.

While interviewing Dr. Durham I found a new respect for his process of infusing instructional technology into the curriculum.  Many educators often look at technology first and then make attempts to integrate it into their teaching, while others avoid technology for fear of failure.  Mark falls into neither group.  Instead he saw a problem that needed be solved, then found both the correct technology to provide a solution and the right people to make it happen.

The video above highlights the process of creating VR content and the methods for delivering the experience to the students.  To learn more about using VR, AR, and other “XR” tools with students check out the UEN Course “Mixed Reality in Education“.  The next run of this course will occur in-person at the University of Utah, September 26 and 27th, 2018.

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