We connect students across the globe to collaborate and learn in project teams utilizing our safe, virtual reality platform. Students log in to our 3D virtual Deep HoriXons (DHX) environment where they’re able to connect, research, conference and present ... as avatars.
From the available options, we selected the OpenSimulator (“OpenSim”) platform, primarily because it is a free and open-source option. All that is needed to connect to our virtual 3D campus is a computer, internet access, and an approved avatar account. We selected Deep HoriXons because it is:
- a safe and secure environment for the students - private and monitored
- convenient and flexible - virtual world is accessible all the time
- students can participate and network from home, library, computer labs if necessary
- cost efficient - allows students from multiple locations to participate individually or in group settings together, eliminating the costs associated with travel
- one location where the students can save and post progress of their work
To help visualize the value of our 3D virtual campus and the projects that have been done in OpenSim, please take a minute to watch the below two short, 3-minute YouTube videos put together by previous students who participated in the internship as part of a previous program under the executive director. Please note that the title slide information will reflect the previous program, and as such does not contain valid contact information any longer.
THE DINOSAUR PARK
This video showcases a world where students used their imaginations to recreate Jurrasic Park. When they first began, the region was completely blank. The team of students collaborated together to visualize the space, outlined their plan then built and programmed each so that it was life-like. Depending on the amount of time available would depend on how elaborate a potential world could be. This is an example.
SMART CARE CAMPUS
This video demonstrates the second stage of the program. You will notice the detail of the environment that the students put into this region. The first part focuses on learning how to code to build, the second part of the region focuses on researching and implementing in a virtual 3D environment. The coagulation tour is a result of the research and findings that the students experienced.