HCC’s Virtual Reality Lab and Studio: An Immersive Learning Space

Presented By
Ruben Duran, HCC Sr. Media Developer
Dr. Pauline Ward, Professor of Biology & Physical Sciences
Lynden Marshall, VRLS Lab Aide
Victor Lara and Justice Butler HCC Students

Colleges have evolved over time due to the breakthrough in technology. With the invention and progression of virtual reality (VR), students at Houston Community College can now experience, practice, and learn subjects by being immersed into the VR environment.

The VRLS, stablished in 2016, has altered the way in which students can practice procedures and apply operations, especially in the medical field. Students studying anatomy are now able to inspect organs and other components of the body with the help of 3-dimensional figures shown through virtual reality. This type of interactive, hands-on learning can help prepare students for their future careers after college.
Learn how HCC students in the Art and Design Unit and The Construction & Architecture Center of Excellence are also taking advantage of this new technology in many different ways.

Perhaps ten years from today, the center of our digital lives will no longer be the smart phone, but device that looks like ordinary eyeglasses: except those glasses will have settings for Virtual and Augmented Reality. What you really see and what is computer generated will be mixed so tightly together, that we won’t really be able to tell what is real and what is illusion.
From Kindergarten to on-the-job, learning will become experiential. Children will visit great battlefields and tour historic places in VR rather than read about them in text books.