Educational Applications of Virtual Reality on the Oculus Go

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
11:40 AM - 12:55 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


Virtual reality (VR) provides an immersive experience (e.g., videogames and movies) or simulates presence in a real-world environment (e.g., watching a sporting event or visiting a foreign location). This presentation will discuss and provide a demonstration of one piece of VR equipment, the Oculus Go, a portable, all-in-one VR, and review the educational applications of apps available on the device.


Apps that will be discussed include:

  • AltSpaceVR which is a social platform for virtual reality that allows users to meet with people from anywhere around the world and could be used to create a virtual classroom or learning space
  • ENGAGE which is a VR social platform that allows educators to host meetings, classes, private lessons and presentations with people from all over the world in a safe, virtual, multi-user environment
  • Wander which uses data from Google Streetview and allows users to teleport almost anywhere in the world and can let students virtually visit locations that they cannot visit physically
  • Art Plunge which is a gallery of famous paintings that allows users to go inside and explore the scene
  • Apps providing immersive experiences in the medical field such as The Body VR, Human Anatomy, and VLIPPmed.
  • Apps providing immersive video experiences such as BBC VR, YouTube VR, and National Geographic VR.


Participants will leave the presentation with a better understanding of how to use the Oculus Go and a list of apps that can be used for educational purposes if they are interested in implementing VR into their courses.


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Trena Houp
Associate Director
Office of Distributed Learning 

Trena Houp serves as the Associate Director for the Office of Distributed Learning at the University of South Carolina and works collaboratively with and provides support to faculty and academic units to further the growth of distributed learning courses and programs. Prior to joining USC, she served as a Program Manager in Academic Affairs at the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education where she worked primarily with matters of academic policy and program review.

Robert Grookett
Marketing, Media and Technology Manager
Office of Distributed Learning

Rob Grookett is the Marketing, Media, and Technology Manager for the Office of Distributed Learning. Grookett is a graduate of the University of South Carolina in Media Arts. Grookett joined the Office of Distributed Learning after spending 8 years with Media Services (DoIT).

Jeffrey Soard
Course Logistics 
Office of Distributed Learning

Jeffrey Soard is the Course Production Manager for the Office of Distributed Learning. He provides support to and assists faculty and academic departments as they develop blended, online and/or innovative courses. Soard provides guidance during the course development and approval process and assists faculty in recording and editing lectures or other media and creating transcripts and/or closed captioning.