Instructor Mike McCready prepares Lethbridge College President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns to enter the world of virtual reality.
Lethbridge College is taking its interest in virtual and augmented reality to a whole new level with the launch of its VR Book Club.
Lethbridge College is inviting anyone with an interest in virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) to join its new book club.
The VR Book Club is just like any other book club, where people with a shared interest read and discuss a book, but with a twist - the capabilities of virtual reality mean this club is open to anyone across the world.
“We already have more than 70 people from six continents signed up for the first session,” says Mike McCready, Lethbridge College Multimedia Production instructor. “Our discussions will be hosted on the AltspaceVR virtual reality platform, which means anyone with access to VR can join in through an interactive environment. But even if you don’t have VR capabilities, you can still watch and discuss through your computer or mobile device, so it really is open to everyone.”
The first selection for the VR Book Club is Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping the New Reality by Dr. Helen Papagiannis, one of the world’s leading experts in augmented reality. The book’s website describes it as “essential reading for designers, developers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and anyone who desires a peek at our virtual future.”
The first discussion, covering the first three chapters, takes place at 2:00 p.m. on January 11th, with follow-up sessions on Jan. 18 and 25.
“Virtual reality provides the ability to share ideas and learn with people from across the globe,” says McCready. “When you put on the headset, you can talk with people from anywhere in the world and feel like they are in the room with you. This is one of the benefits of social VR and what makes the VR Book Club so interesting. We will be hearing perspectives from dozens of people from around the world.”
Lethbridge College is rapidly becoming a leader in the field of virtual and augmented reality, incorporating the technology into a variety of programs including Multimedia Production, Digital Communications and Media, Interior Design Technology, Wind Turbine Technology and a variety of health and nursing programs.
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