Full Sail University and virtual reality software company, Doghead Simulations announced a licensing deal in January so that students at Full Sail University can work more effectively through virtual reality using rumii, a collaboration and education focused VR software. Starting with Full Sail’s Game Studies program, the organizations are teaming up to integrate virtual reality into classroom environments and online platforms university wide.
"We are so happy to be partnered with Full Sail University, a global leader and pioneer in education. Together we are fundamentally improving the way people communicate and educate. Using the power of VR, we’re implementing immersive rumii learning environments that leverage a student’s natural desires for socializing, achievement, and self-expression. Through our partnership we are re-engaging students in an immersive and social environment to improve distributed education," said Mat Chacon, CEO of Doghead Simulations.
For many students, online classes offer the flexibility they need in order to pursue their degrees. However, they may often feel left out of the “classroom” due to lack of physically being on campus. Online classes are now the norm for many universities but some campuses struggle to make remote students feel involved and connected to their professors and fellow students. rumii aims to solve these problems by connecting students and faculty virtually in real time. Not only does rumii make students and professors feel like they are in the classroom together, but it provides the tools and features to enhance the online classroom experience.
“We are very excited about the next level of engagement that rumii will bring to our education,” said Isis Jones, CIO and Executive Director of Education at Full Sail University. “Beyond facilitating collaboration, VR education allows for concentrated monotasking learning, which we believe will enhance the retention of information.” Jones further added, “In today’s world where technology and screen time can be distracting, VR allows you to be in the moment and engaged with the subject at hand.”
Doghead Simulations’ licensing deal with Full Sail University marks the beginning of a new era for online classes. The advent of virtual reality brings students together from all over the world to receive a top notch educational experience of comparable quality, whether being received through a campus-based program or via online education. This is an exciting, transformational time for educating the leaders and creators of tomorrow.