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):
- School of Nursing: Capture and deployment of augmented reality standardized patients in collaboration with Pearson via the Microsoft HoloLens
- School of Astronomy: Virtual reality astronomy labs using Universe Sandbox via the HTC VIVE
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.