2017-2018 Mini-grant Project

The purpose of this project is to offer a different pedagogical experience to students through the use of of Virtual Reality in select classrooms at Lasalle College. The VR rooms will create an immersive environment and expose students to real-life situations.

The idea stems from an interest from some teachers to offer a different pedagogical experience to students. After few presentations on pedagogical days or during the REPTIC symposium, we think that virtual reality (VR) could be very helpful to achieve this goal. Teaching tourist attractions with a PowerPoint or a Prezi presentation is interesting. However, virtual …

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The purpose of this project is to offer a different pedagogical experience to students through the use of of Virtual Reality in select classrooms at Lasalle College. The VR rooms will create an immersive environment and expose students to real-life situations.

The idea stems from an interest from some teachers to offer a different pedagogical experience to students. After few presentations on pedagogical days or during the REPTIC symposium, we think that virtual reality (VR) could be very helpful to achieve this goal. Teaching tourist attractions with a PowerPoint or a Prezi presentation is interesting. However, virtual reality offers new ways to explore the world in an immersive environment.

  • In special care counselling, it is hard to put students in real-life situations. We think that VR could help to do so by becoming ‘empathy machines’.
  • In Arts, Literature and Communication, students can visit a very renown museum.
  • In history, students can relive a historical battle.

The possibilities are infinite! We think that virtual reality could offer an authentic learning environment for students. Such a project could increase students’ motivation, participation and success rate. We also want to pave the way for other teachers with virtual reality in our institution and across the college level.

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Updates and Project Proposal

Knowledge and Skills Brought to the Project

This proposal is in regards to the SALTISE mini-grants for the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 semesters. Julie Anne Roy, pedagogical support coordinator, is in charge of the project. At least 5 full-time teachers at LaSalle College who teach in at least four different programs are also participating to the project. Johnathan Mina teaches in Humanities and The Arts Literature and Communication program. Pascale Warmoes teaches is Special Care Counselling. Isabelle Hallée and Geneviève Guay are teaching in tourism. PierreLuc Beauchamp is teaching in social sciences (history). A sixth sessional teacher, Ariane Arpin-Delorme,is also a tourism teacher. As such, our project is interdisciplinary in nature and is applicable to any program at any educational institution.

  • Most of the teachers have been teaching at a CEGEP institution for the past 10 years.
  • Some of the teachers are currently enrolled in a Master’s Teachers Program at Sherbrooke University in Education. The courses favour student-based learning approaches.
  • We are comfortable and familiar with the use of technology in the classroom. Johnathan has implemented the use of a videogame called Portal in his classroom for the past 5 years. ProfWeb published an article about his project at the following link. Pascale and Johnathan have also worked on a project with Smartpen (that received a SALTISE grant in 2015). An article published by ProfWeb is also available at the following link. Ariane has been teaching an Asian Tourist Attractions class from Japan in 2015. ProfWeb has also published an article on that link.
  • The Vitrine Technologie Éducation (VTÉ) has accepted to help us in this project (to choose the right material and learning activities).

 

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