The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) has opened a new virtual reality (VR) lab.
The Thomas J Nicholson VR Lab has opened in the ULM Library thanks to a donation from the Jean and Saul A Mintz Foundation.
Its new lab contains 28 student stations with Oculus Go 64GB VR headsets and headphones and an instructor’s station.
Currently, users have access to several different software programs, including Breaking Boundaries in Science, The Body VR, Jurassic World: Blue, YouTube VR and many others, with ULM-made content expected soon.
The university expects the lab to enhance the learning and teaching experience of the wider campus. The lab has already had an impact beyond the university as students from Woodlawn Middle School have used the facility.
Several faculty members have brought their classes to use the lab, representing several different colleges and disciplines across campus, including education, geography, marketing, computer science and astronomy.
Thomas Hoover, chief information officer and dean of library information technology at ULM, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for ULM that will enhance the traditional classroom learning experience for our students and also open up research possibilities across the disciplines.”