Virtual Reality Workshop II

TILL staff members examining the newly acquired VR headsets.


Thursday, September 22, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.


TILL Classroom, 3rd Floor, Ekstrom Library

Did you attend our Virtual Reality Workshop last spring? Are you interested in learning about the possibilities of integrating virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and immersive virtual reality (IVR) in your courses? During this event, the TILL staff will exhibit the newly acquired classroom set of VR headsets and sanitizing cart. Dr. Shannon Putman will share an overview of these technologies and demonstrate how VR, AR and IVR can be used to engage students in course content. Dr. Danielle Franco will share her experience creating VR content and using it with her students.

Faculty will interact with the technologies, learn more about their purpose, and practice using them. The workshop-style event will provide an opportunity for faculty to collaborate with other faculty, sign-up to work with Delphi Staff, and teach in the TILL using VR.

Presented by the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning and the Nystrand Center of Excellence in Education

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About the Presenters

Shannon Putman, PhD is the clinical assistant professor/Fort Knox coordinator in the Education Leadership Evaluation and Organizational Development department at the University of Louisville. Prior to that, Shannon spent eight years teaching the multi-modal communication special education classroom, two years as the learning and behavior disorder resource teacher and three years working as the teacher in residence at Cochran Elementary. Putman’s work is focused on implementing the use of Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) technologies into the educational curriculum as well as research focused on the use of IVR technology as educational interventions.

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Danielle B. Franco, PhD. A native of Curitiba, Brazil, Dr. Franco obtained her Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at the Universidade Federal do Paraná. She attended the University of Louisville and earned her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 2007. Dr. Franco has been teaching several Chemistry courses at the Chemistry Department since 2008. In 2010 she started adapting some of the courses to the online mode.

Dr. Franco is always looking for new ways to teach chemistry. In 2021 she created a Virtual Reality Chemistry Room where the students can learn chemistry via Virtual Reality. This accomplishment resulted in two awards: The 2022 TILL Teaching Innovation Award from Delphi Center and the 2022 A&S; Award in Innovative Teaching.

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