Join us for IMAGINE – Experience Imagination!
Join us for IMAGINE – Experience Imagination!
In Fall 2017, Instructional Technology Services (ITS) at San Diego State University (SDSU) launched the Virtual Immersive Teaching and Learning (VITaL) initiative, providing a variety of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and 360º-video immersive tools for use across the SDSU pedagogical spectrum. Today, VITaL serves as an incubator to enable experiences that would be out of reach—if not impossible—in a traditional learning environment, including low-frequency, high-risk scenarios simulating life-threatening medical conditions, celestial events in outer space, and scientific phenomena occurring at the micro scale. The new VITaL Learning Research Studio (LRS) promotes experimentation with curriculum design and the scholarship of teaching and learning in a flexible, collaborative, and technology-rich environment. In its inaugural year, the VITaL initiative facilitated immersive teaching, learning, and research in 26 courses across all seven colleges at SDSU. Beyond the use of VITaL for teaching and learning, ITS is collaborating with universities and industry partners to study the impact, expand the knowledge base, and foster a community of practice around this emerging field.
Through VITaL, ITS provides access to an array of immersive technologies, including VR and AR head-mounted displays (HMDs), VR-capable computers, mobile VR backpack technology, 360º cameras, and Google Cardboards for smartphone VR capability, shown below:
Courses utilizing VITaL range from 100-level undergraduate to 700-level doctoral classes, and represent all colleges at SDSU, including College of Arts and Letters, College of Education, College of Extended Studies, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Services, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, College of Sciences, Fowler College of Business, and Weber Honors College.
In Fall 2017, the following courses/faculty utilized the VITaL immersive learning technologies:
In Spring 2018, the following new courses/faculty are slated to use the VITaL immersive learning technologies:
Fall 2017 VITaL research initiatives and presentations include:
In addition to the courses above, the following new student organizations were launched in partnership with the VITaL initiative:
In 2017, ITS hosted/co-hosted several immersive learning events, including:
If you are interested in partnering with ITS on our immersive learning projects or want to find out more about this initiative please get in touch with Rudy Arias, ITS Project Manager.
On April 26, 2017, Instructional Technology Services (ITS) was pleased to welcome the Republic of Georgia’s Vice Prime Minister / Minister of Education & Science – Aleksandre Jelelava, Millenium Challenge (Account Georgia) CEO – Magda Magradze, and Dean of SDSU-Georgia – Ken Walsh for a discussion centered around educational technology innovations at San Diego State University.
We began by visiting two of the ITS Learning Research Studios located in Adams Humanities – Rooms 1112 and 1120. Our guests interacted with the instructors and observe the students using these collaboration-minded, active learning classrooms.
Next, we discussed and demonstrated two of our collaborations around Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR):
We set up and mirrored VIVE and HoloLenses to the large display in the ITS Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Center, enabling us to explain the concepts while allowing our guests to see the AR/VR content through the Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs).
After the AR/VR demo, we visited the ITS Learning Glass Studio and observed the last part of an advanced neuroscience course. We spoke with the instructor and also described some of the equipment and capabilities of the space, followed by a discussion with SDSU physics professor Matt Anderson, inventor of the Learning Glass.
During the visit, the Vice Prime Minister shared his vision for disrupting the educational system in Georgia in order to provide the conditions for rapid acceleration of pedagogical change and curriculum reform. The first steps will involve a process for incubating and vetting ideas. Importantly, he sees this happening by forging partnerships with entities (including a private company or corporations) who can help provide funding and the expertise required to translate the vision into the development of a viable product.
To see details and more images of these and other SDSU learning spaces, you can browse the FLEXspace collection, a CSU partner.
POLLY CARD & SEAN HAUZE
Update (August, 2017): Instructional Technology Services is launching SDSU’s Virtual Immersive Teaching and Learning (VITaL) for Fall 2017 courses. For more information, view our VITaL What We Do information sheet and VITaL Instructional Equipment List.
– Participant, ITS VR Knowledge Share
Instructional Technology Services recently hosted a practical workshop where faculty and staff experienced some of the cool and innovative ways virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology is being used to enhance learning across the campus.
Wearing head-mounted displays (HMDs), participants had the opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to treat a patient experiencing anaphylaxis, with a life-sized 3D hologram appearing in the space before them. This was part of a project ITS is working on in collaboration with the School of Nursing, Pearson, and Microsoft to create and test virtual standardized patents (patient actors) using the HoloLens AR device.
Harsimran “Sim” Baweja, director of the Neuromechanics and Neuroplasticity Laboratory, brought his roving lab setup to share with us. Sim gave a gripping demo in which our very own Boun had the fright of his life on a balance simulator.
– Participant, ITS VR Knowledge Share
We explored other ITS partnerships, such as working with Rick Bizzoco in the Department of Biology using Theta S 360º video to document volcanic steam research, and with Kerianne Quick from the School of Art who shares her fine jewelry metalwork skills with students via Pivothead Wearable Imaging.
Gur Windermere showcased his VR astronomy content to a star-struck audience and told of how his dive into deep (virtual) space happened through a chance encounter at the Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) center a few weeks previously.
During the event ideas were shared and potential partnerships struck up in the FIT center, Adams Humanities, a space that had recently been redesigned to support such collaborative gatherings.
If you are interested in trying any of these devices and finding out more about how ITS can support you in the brave new world of augmented, virtual and mixed reality, come and visit us the FIT Center (AH 1109) or email ITS Project Manager, Rudy Arias at firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructional Technology Services is excited to introduce Zoom as as the official web conferencing tool for faculty, staff, and students. This web conferencing tool can be used to teach an entire class online, or even facilitate breakout sessions with specific students online. Students and staff can also use Zoom amongst themselves for meetings, interviews, or any type of communication. It can be used to communicate between campuses, nationally, and internationally.
How To Access Your Zoom Account:
All SDSU faculty, students, and staff have access to zoom through http://sdsu.zoom.us. Zoom is also available on your smartphone via the Zoom Video Conferencing App. In both the computer and smartphone applications, click “Login with SSO” and select sdsu.zoom.us as your domain. After you have logged in, you will be able to schedule or join meetings through your web browser, Zoom mobile app, Zoom desktop application, or telephone.
Zoom Replacing Blackboard Collaborate:
Zoom will be replacing Blackboard Collaborate as the primary web conferencing tool at SDSU. With its simplicity and functionality, Zoom will provide a reliable platform to connect with students live online.
Resources and More Information:
We are excited to announce the launch of Zoom web conferencing at SDSU!
Zoom is an easy-to-use web conferencing tool that works with Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Linux, allowing users to connect via video, audio, and/or screen sharing remotely from any location. Faculty can use Zoom to teach an entire class synchronously online, or to facilitate breakout meetings with one or more students. Additionally, students and staff can utilize Zoom to facilitate meetings with peers, colleagues, and other campuses locally, nationally, or internationally.
How to access your SDSU Zoom account:
Early adopters who wish to begin using Zoom prior to the 2017/2018 academic year will need to activate their SDSUid account by following the instructions outlined in the Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) SDSUid request protocol: bit.ly/2aXU7i4.
Upon receiving your SDSUid, go to sdsu.zoom.us and sign in using your SDSUid login information. You can also access Zoom from your smartphone by downloading the Zoom Video Conferencing app. In both the desktop and mobile application, click “Login with SSO” and select sdsu.zoom.us as your domain. Once logged in, you can schedule and join meetings via your web browser, Zoom desktop application, Zoom mobile app, or telephone.
Get Started with Zoom:
Resources and Getting Help:
James’ ITS Blog Posts
Dr. James P. Frazee is the Senior Academic Technology Officer and Director of Instructional Technology Services (ITS) at San Diego State University. He has written and presented widely on the subjects of obtaining, managing and leveraging large state and federal educational technology grants, designing faculty professional development programs, strategic technology planning and using technology to push curriculum reform.
In 2002, Educause Quarterly awarded James the Contribution of the Year award for his paper, Charting a Smooth Course for Portal Development. In 2008, he was among a select group of fellows at the prestigious Educause (Frye) Leadership Institute at Emory University. In 2011, the Directors of Educational Technology / California Higher Education (DET/CHE) presented Dr. Frazee with their Outstanding Service Award for his role as Past-President and 25th Anniversary Conference Chair. In 2015, Dr. Frazee was honored with the Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers Award. In 2016, he received San Diego State University’s President’s Leadership Fund Faculty & Staff Excellence Award “in recognition of innovative, forward-thinking and community-based work.” More recently, he has been invited to speak and lead workshops based on his experience designing active learning environments. His academic research focuses on using technology to promote student-centered learning strategies in higher education.
B.A. (honors), Communications/Economics – University of San Diego (USD)
M.Ed. (honors), Educational Technology – San Diego State University (SDSU)
Ed.D. (honors), Educational Technology – SDSU/USD (Joint Doctorate)
Formerly a year-round, permanent lifeguard for the City of San Diego’s Fire & Life Safety Services, James is still saving lives as a member of the National Ski Patrol in Big Bear, CA (at Snow Summit).
Affiliations and Publications
Incomplete list of Invited and Relevant Presentations and Papers:
Polly’s ITS Blog Posts
Polly Card is a British producer who lives in California. She is Learning Media Coordinator of Instructional Technology Services (ITS) at San Diego State University and specializes in creating creative visual media for education. Polly is currently working towards a Ph.D in Education and is interested in the use of video to investigate identity in relation to race and gender.
At San Diego State University she mentors students and works with colleagues and faculty to design and develop award-winning instructional media. In the last year she has served as Panel Chair for California Arts Council ‘Arts on the Air’ Program, her team won the Enterprise Video Award presented by Sonic Foundry and an Award for Excellence and the Videographer Award for educational films. Polly writes documentaries for the Spanish Ministry of Education and worked as a film and radio producer with the BBC for 8 year. Her clients include The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, European Union, Runnymede Trust and Lord’s Taverners.
B. A. English Literature – University of Southampton
M.A. Film – University of Southampton
Ph.D Education – SDSU/Claremont (Joint Doctorate – In Progress)
When I was about 7 I was bitten on the bum by a donkey so hard that I still have the scars.