FIT opens a modernly equipped Virtual Reality Classroom. Students can now use 25 virtual reality headsets. Thanks to them, each student has an innovative space to create his or her own virtual world and learn to control it independently. The faculty is thus responding flexibly to the growing importance of virtual reality worldwide and, in addition to the new superb equipment, is expanding its virtual reality teaching to include the subject Virtual Reality Technology.
The newly arranged classroom is equipped with 25 virtual reality headsets, making it a superbly equipped virtual reality (VR) classroom. This gives students a space for 3D learning, creating 3D content, integration with the international virtual community, self-presentation and acquiring expertise in VR. Not only the basics of VR but also the applications development for VR are taught in specialised courses at the faculty. In these courses, students learn the principles of how the headsets work, enter into the world of virtual universes or extended reality, and discover how VR can be used in industry, games, as well as medicine and psychology. Students can develop and test their projects directly in the labs, of which more than 400 have already been created, and at the same time work on them outside of class.
“With these headsets, we offer both technical and capacity support in VR. This gives our students a unique opportunity to understand the principles of creating virtual 3D universes,” says Assoc. Petr Klán, head of the classroom, and adds: “In the classroom, up to 25 students can be connected to virtual reality at the same time, meet in one virtual world, create and interact with each other and comunicate together with other virtual reality users outside the faculty, regardless of where they are physically located. So it happens that even people from the US or Japan join our virtual worlds.”
The classroom will also be used for work on bachelor’s and master’s theses related to virtual reality. Some of them are also being created within the project “Cities of the Czech Queens”, which deals with the journey through time and space into the history of Czech cities through VR.