University of Illinois students get look at VR classroom of the future

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Students and professors at the University of Illinois experienced what classrooms might be like in the future through virtual reality.

Over 30 people were taught how VR and education can go together at a workshop in which they were able to try a virtual reality helmet.

The workshop’s organizer, Assistant Professor Alex Cabada, says they wanted to make sure everyone can use VR.

“They’re becoming increasingly integrated into the curriculum of higher education, so we wanted to make sure we don’t create this marginalized community of students, inadvertently,” Cabada said. “We’re always involved with technologies and providing access to [them].”

VR technology is already being used in some University of Illinois classrooms.

Cabada hopes that in the future, with more support from the university, VR labs could be just as common as computer labs.

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