More than 1,800 attendees for an IEEE virtual reality conference scheduled for Atlanta are holding their conference online. This week, 1,800 scientists,

How will advancements in virtual reality change college?

If you want to make a career in the field of VR you should start it now, by reading about the advancements in this field, then you can choose the one that suits you. Because the landscape changes every day and you need to get accustomed to the changing landscape, to stay in the perfect job hunt. So if you are planning for a career in VR, you should have a good knowledge about the world of Computers, software and various other similar aspects. For that, you can find the best college that offers you a degree in that field. It not necessary that you should go to the offline colleges there are many online colleges that are providing courses which are much better than online colleges. If you would go for online courses then you can find time to improve on your skills on the more important thing that matter to you that is the VR, for that you can do some workshops etc and simultaneously you would be doing your course from one of the colleges that would offer online Computer Science Degrees. In this way, you can get two things done simultaneously at one go.

What are some virtual reality jobs?

Some of the virtual reality jobs include research engineer, programmer or software developer, interaction designer, system analyst. Virtual reality research engineer, for example, performs the research related with VR in the company. You need to know in deep and detail on VR and exploring how to improve its technology and platform in various ways.

Where to start?

A degree in art/technology/ design or maths and coding are all useful bases from which to launch yourself into a career in virtual reality development. An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any of the above could be really helpful for getting your foot in the door, especially with big companies. The internet is full of useful resources that you can use to hone your skills and gain more specific experience in virtual reality beyond your degree.

Not only a degree in computer science since VR is a wide area with factors that will combine various factors. It includes Computer science, Applied mathematics, Psychology, some aspects of neural science, and some designing skills. So, it is important to have a hang of all of these to have a successful career in VR. If we have to choose one of the above-mentioned aspects the most important thing that you should know apart from computer science is designing. So it would be that just like a computer science degree, you can also go for an online Design degree. This would increase your employability chances.

As per the online platform The Statistics Portal, the number of active virtual reality users worldwide is predicted to reach 170 million by 2018. The VR market is expected to grow very fast and it would be growing at an approximate increase of 3000%.

VR is the creation of a virtual environment presented to our senses in such a way that we believe that we are really there. This is a technically complex feature that is achieved through the use of a number of technologies. It can be used for both entertainment and also as a serious technical tool. It is just in the starting stage it is expected to have a lot of innovation in the coming years. As a result, it would certainly bring in a number of employment options.

There are a few examples that I found in how colleges are using VR

Provide Visual and Immersive Learning Opportunities

Classroom applications of immersive reality vary widely. Institutions are using VR to augment programs in criminal science, healthcare, agriculture, and fine arts, among others. In California, a virtual dissection table housed in the J and K Virtual Reality Learning Center at the Western University of Health Sciences lets students learn about anatomical functions by moving layers of virtual tissue to view more than 300 anatomical visualizations, created using scans of real patients and cadavers.

To help students grasp concepts in Earth science, an Eastern Michigan University professor built an AR sandbox using a Microsoft Xbox Kinect camera, digital data projector, computer, and simulation and visualization software. Students can create mountains, volcanoes, river channels, glacial deposits or virtual rain by manipulating a digital map projected on a box of sand.

Prepare Students for New VR Careers

The growth of VR in higher education goes beyond using the technology to deliver transformative learning experiences. Institutions also recognize that they need to give students the skills to pursue careers in this burgeoning industry, whether that means developing content or helping organizations adopt and optimize these technologies as they become more mainstream.

To that end, institutions such as Chapman University and the University of Washington are developing new majors, courses and research labs to facilitate the development and sharing of knowledge.

Recruit New Students

Current students aren’t the only ones benefitting from AR and VR. Several institutions have incorporated high-tech tactics into their recruitment strategies, with impressive results. In 2015, the Savannah College of Art and Design sent Google Cardboard headsets to 30,000 accepted studentsto let them visually explore the school’s campuses in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Hong Kong; and Lacoste, France. SCAD featured a 26 percent jump in admissions within 12 months of starting the program.

In 2017, SCAD debuted an enhanced version of its course catalog, which offered prospective students a detailed view of the school via AR videos of students’ creative sessions, games they’d designed and other items.

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