UNF library hosts grand opening ceremony for the new Virtual Learning Center
March 5, 2021
The Thomas G. Carpenter Library recently held a grand opening ceremony for the brand new Virtual Learning Center (VLC). UNF President and First Lady Szymanski joined staff members of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library for the socially-distanced grand opening event and ribbon cutting ceremony.
The VLC provides a space for faculty and students to interact with virtual content that enhances learning. Individuals will be able to explore and gain a better understanding of virtual reality technology with Vive Pro Eye Headsets and a variety of experiences.
This type of innovative technology serves as an engaging teaching tool across all disciplines and delivers virtual content that supports curricular and research endeavors. Using the VLC, individuals can learn more about:
- Fine arts: Touring museums and art galleries
- History: Walking through the pyramids or visiting Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
- Space exploration: Imagining places humans haven’t even explored yet
- Medicine: Participate and practice skills in virtual operating rooms
- Engineering and architecture: Creating and evaluating spaces before they even exist
Located on the third floor of the library, the new VLC offers sixteen Dell desktop computers (3 standing and 13 sitting spaces), thirteen wired Vive Pro Eye virtual reality headsets, three wireless Vive Pro Eye Virtual Reality headsets, Steam virtual reality software that offers unique experiences, and Unity software that allows for virtual reality builds and customization (users must provide their own Unity login).
For more information on the Virtual Learning Center, including the full lineup of virtual reality experiences, visit the official website.