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Using VR brings History to Life for Students

whodiniz | August 30, 2019

Using VR brings History to Life for Students

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Students in Gonzaga University Professor Andrew Goldman’s History 193 course can look forward to traveling somewhere new and far away — and often into the past — most afternoons this fall.

They could travel to the streets and monuments of Pompeii or to first-century Rome to visit the Colosseum.

What was the experience of the Colosseum like for a gladiator? Goldman could ask his students. Or for a wealthy person?

After viewing over a dozen interior and exterior views of the Colosseum for themselves, students can begin to draw conclusions about what the ancient city used to be like and compare it to their experiences of modern-day Rome.

The time travel and experiential learning is all thanks to virtual reality.

Last spring, Goldman began incorporating these reconstructive virtual trips to ancient cities and landmarks into his classroom — bringing history alive for students.

“It also allows you to feel and experience in an immersive sense, what’s actually there, and that’s what’s really valuable about it,” said Goldman, Ph.D., Gonzaga’s former Alphonse A. and Geraldine F. Arnold Distinguished Professor. Using virtual reality, Goldman’s students look at landscapes and evaluate how these cities were formed and lived in, and how they have changed.

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August 30, 2019 at 01:28PM

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