Blending with Blackboard

1pm Thursday 5th November 2015
UWA Futures Observatory

The “Blending with Blackboard” Conference was held at UWA on 5th November 2015 and was full of engaging activities and presentations about using Blackboard for blending learning.

The conference included an interactive forum held in the UWA Futures Observatory, a place for “stimulating, fun and interesting ‘futures-first thinking'”.  The purpose of the forum was to expose the attendees (academics, teaching staff and postgraduate students) to new devices and technologies for use in their practises.

AVRL demonstrated VR and AR technologies and our associated projects to the receptive and enthusiastic crowd of attendees. We provided various hands-on demonstrations of VR and AR’s capabilities in the context of academia using Oculus Rifts, Galaxy Gear, Google Cardboards and tablet devices. Our projects on display varied in subject matter from historic Anzac Day memorials to virtual health and fitness simulators and medical.

We really enjoyed the opportunity to continue engaging and helping the UWA community, discussing ideas, projects and building our networks and capabilities. Events such as these also provide AVRL with the experiences to tackle the considerable logistical challenges and preparations involved when providing VR and AR in managed spaces.