Immersive Curriculums: Virtual Reality and the Humanities Classroom

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Wilson

With virtual reality systems becoming increasingly more accessible, there is the potential for new, immersive and experiential practices in the secondary and postsecondary humanities classroom. Dr. Andrew Wilson, a teaching associate at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School, will demonstrate some of the approaches that he has developed in his own courses and discuss the practical application of VR-inflected pedagogy in the humanities.

Building on his own experiences teaching in secondary education, Dr. Wilson will discuss the hardware (HTC Vive and the Google Cardboard virtual reality systems), applications (TInkercad, Google Earth VR, Poly, and Tilt Brush), and theoretical approaches (project-based and student-centered) that illustrate his approach to using virtual reality in the humanities classroom.