Uxbridge College students recently used innovative cardboard headsets and mobile ‘phones to take part in virtual field trips thanks to the Google Expeditions Pioneer Programme.
Expeditions is a new product which uses cardboard viewers and collections of virtual reality panoramas – 360° photo spheres, 3D images and video as well as ambient sounds – to create the experience of a field trip in the classroom.Around 9S0 students took part from diverse courses: Engineering, Creative Studies, Sports, Travel and Tourism, Foundation Studies and Business. The trips included a tour of the Subaro factory, an ocean safari and the human digestive system which were chosen from the range of virtual trips which can be downloaded online.
The workshops were presented with the help of Google Expeditions staff who brought with them headsets and mobile ‘phones for use by each student and who led the educational sessions.
Dr. Nagham Saeed from Uxbridge College was among lecturers involved in the event with her Engineering students who toured the Subaro factory in 3D. She said : This was a really exciting and novel way to discover more about engineering from a completely different perspective. It is a very effective and interesting approach to learning. Students could watch technicians work and see everything close-up from every angle and it was almost as good as actually being in the Subaro factory.
Uxbridge College will be training staff on Expeditions so that lecturers and students can create their own material to use in the classroom.