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Workshops examine virtual reality in the classroom

May 25, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Literature professors and graduate students at Western Michigan University will host a series of lectures and workshops to showcase virtual design projects and show participants how to integrate virtual environments into their own teaching. The sessions are open to the public free of charge.

As part of a grant-funded project, WMU professors have been busy putting the power of new technologies to work this year, creating virtual realities that hinge on the specific literary works assigned in each of their classes. For the first time, literature students were able to explore complex settings and experience firsthand the language, culture and character dynamics of the readings discussed in class.

Dr. Allen Webb, project director and professor of English at WMU, says the goal of the project is to better understand how new technologies can be used as tools to improve teaching, increase learning and retention, and create more effective educational environments.

Virtual Worlds and Teaching: Experiences, Results and Possibilities

Tuesday, May 29 -- Lecture
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Sangren Hall, Dean's Conference Room, third floor

Tuesday, May 29 -- Workshop
3 to 5 p.m.
Wood Hall, Room 1215

Tuesday, June 5 -- Lecture
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Sprau Tower, 10th floor

Wednesday, June 6 -- Workshop
3 to 5 p.m.
Wood Hall, Room 1215

WMU's virtual learning project is sponsored by the Literary Worlds Virtual Reality Innovation Grant. For more information, contact Allen Webb at allen.webb@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2605.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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