Hands-On (Eyes-On) Access to VR at TU

Smiling male with a VR headset onIntrigued by extended reality? Fatigued by actual reality? There is a place on campus, deep underground, where faculty and students can try-out virtual reality hardware and software. OTS Student Computing Services (SCS) is hosting weekly “Reality Checks” in Cook 35 through the end of the semester. Curious students and faculty are invited to sign-up via the SCS Online Resource Booking System (ORBS) or just drop by. Available systems include Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Sony Playstation VR, and Samsung Gear VR. Continue Reading

360 Video for Equitable Assessment and Instruction

Every semester, dozens of classes with hundreds of students in the dance department need their midterms and finals video-recorded. Faculty use the recordings to assess their students’ improvement, give feedback, grade their performances and form their pedagogical plans.  

The traditional method of recording dance performances includes placing a stationary camera at the edge of a room or theatre, never crossing the imaginary line of performance, the proscenium line, and hoping that the performers do not block each other. This has proven to be a problem for equitable assessment. It is impossible to record every performer equally as it is easy for performers to go out of focus, block each other or not be correctly lit.  

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