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Thursday, October 17 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Table 04: Developing a Global Mindset with a 360 Virtual Reality Tour Assignment using Google's Tour Creator

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This session will discuss the development and piloting of a 360 Virtual Reality Tour Assignment using Google's Tour Creator application.  The Assignment was originally piloted in a STEM English Composition class within the College of Arts and Sciences but has potential applications for other subject areas interested in developing students' global mindset and cultural capital. The assignment invites students to create and guide an audience through a step-by-step virtual ‘tour’ of their favorite public space to visit (locally, nationally, or internationally).  This requires students to research the culture and history of the selected location and develop a digital story-line using 360 images and writing tailored to the needs of a peer audience.  Students added audio narration and sounds to accompany the images and descriptions and peer evaluated at least two tours. By watching and evaluating each other’s virtual tours, students learned about each other's cultural backgrounds and benefited from the opportunity to share their own cultural history with their peers.  For instance, several students chose to showcase historic sites from their home countries, ranging from China, Nepal, Peru, and the U.S.  Additionally, this exercise challenges students to think strategically about the relationship between media, text, Virtual Reality in story-telling, within a global context. Students wrote a two-page reflective paper about the strategic choices they made in constructing their tour, from selecting their site, to guiding the peer and public viewer through multiple points within the tour, to engaging and sustaining reader/viewer interest from beginning to end. While it's important to ensure 360 images of the selected location are available, the assignment has promising applications to facilitate students' development of logical reasoning and coherence in story-telling, cultural intelligence, written and digital rhetoric, and specially encourages them to develop or enhance a global mindset. 

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Larissa Ramos

Full-Time Lecturer, Management, Miami Business School

Thursday October 17, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Main Ballroom