Opdyke and Team Awarded Strategic Education Grant to Develop Immersive Content

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney has awarded a Strategic Education Grant ($29,518 AUD) to a team comprising Dr Ali Hadigheh, Dr Jacqueline Thomas, Dr Tom Goldfinch, Dr Aaron Opdyke, and Associate Professor Ali Nezhad. The grant aims to support the development of new virtual reality content in engineering units of study. Opdyke will oversee content creation for Engineering for Sustainable Development (CIVL5320), the culminating unit of study for the Humanitarian Engineering major offered by the Faculty.

Project Summary

In the last two years, the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Sydney has invested in a new Immersive Learning Laboratory. A growing number of units of study use the lab and more students are experiencing a virtual environment as part of their curriculum. This project aims to develop effective immersive virtual reality (IVR) content for selected units of study. The project will explore how IVR environments can support students’ learning in engineering. The team will produce guides to assist educators in designing effective IVR learning activities. To evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented immersive virtual reality (IVR) content, the team will conduct classroom observations, student surveys, and student feedback analysis to explore the benefits, practicalities, considerations, and challenges of implementing IVR.

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