VITaL: The Future of Immersive Learning at SDSU

In Fall 2017, SDSU’s Instructional Technology Services (ITS) launched the Virtual Immersive Teaching and Learning (VITaL) initiative, providing a variety of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and 360º-video immersive tools for use across the SDSU pedagogical spectrum. Today, VITaL serves as an incubator to enable experiences that would be out of reach—if not impossible—in a traditional learning environment, including low-frequency, high-risk scenarios simulating  life-threatening medical conditions, celestial events in outer space, and scientific phenomena occurring at the micro scale. Through a new Learning Research Studio (LRS), located in Adams Humanities (AH-1120), VITaL promotes experimentation with curriculum design and the scholarship of teaching and learning in a flexible learning environment.

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Here is the hot-off-the-press blog post outlining the VITaL initiative at San Diego State University.

Creating Active Learning Classrooms Is Not Enough: Lessons from Two Case Studies

The University of Iowa and Indiana University each launched active learning classroom initiatives centered on faculty development...."

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"If you have recently visited a new or renovated college classroom, you may have noticed some changes, including technology enhancements, whiteboards mounted across the walls, and moveable tables and chairs. These are just a few features common within and across student-centered flexible learning environments,1 also known as active learning classrooms.2 Currently, more than 200 universities in the United States have these classrooms, and a growing number have formal campus-wide initiatives."