Creating Virtual Reality for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Renfrow, Spring 2019

Course Number: EDU 5515 C42
Instructor: Clarena Renfrow
Location: Castleton University, Stafford Academic Center, Room 156
Dates and Times:

April 27 - June 22, 2019. April 27, 2019 from 9 - 4 at Castleton University with the remainder of the course in an online environment.

Credits: 1 Graduate Credit


Oculus Go 64 gig Standalone Virtual Reality headset is included in the tuition.

Note: Course payment or purchase order of $725, payable to Castleton University, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form and the purchase order can be uploaded to the registration form. If paying by check, please mail the check to: Financial & Registration Services, Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT 05753. To help us ensure that your payment is applied to the correct course, PLEASE WRITE “CFS” IN THE CHECK MEMO LINE. Thank you. 

Technology cannot be ordered until full tuition is received. Technology delivery by the first day of class is not guaranteed for late registrations.

Course Description

Virtual Reality is the next big step in education.  Students can be inside the human body to explore how it all works, go inside famous paintings, learn a new language in relevant surroundings, paint and sculpt in 3D, read virtual interactive books, go to famous places and countries.  This new tool has the power to teach our students in ways we never dreamed possible!  Now we can make our own virtual reality environments and so can our students.  This course will demonstrate how to use different software programs to make VR for teaching, learning and alternative assessment.  Your students could show their knowledge of content by recreating and augmenting a virtual reality space that they created!  You could give them immersive experiences to engage them in their learning!  The possibilities are mind blowing!

Course Goals & Objectives

This course is designed to meet the following goals:

  1. To learn to use the Oculus Go
  2. To understand how to not only integrate VR into lessons so that students develop understandings on an entirely different level but to actually create VR themselves to demonstrate their understanding of content
  3. To understand how VR can be part of assessments and projects
  4. To understand how VR fits into the Universal Design for Learning and alternative assessments

Required Texts

Readings/Videos  - 8 Online Hours

Resources, Readings, assignments and videos will be from on-line sources, however, students may be required to purchase a book (TBA)

Students will be expected to do a lesson plan involving VR creation as a learning tool and as a means of assessment using the Universal Design for Learning Methodology.

Students will read and respond to articles regarding VR use and creation in the classroom.

Students will do research into the benefits and possible drawbacks of using VR with students.

For additional course information

Clarena M. Renfrow
(802) 770-8478

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

Register online now!