Coursera and University of London launch VR courses
Online education and learning platform Coursera has launched its first series of courses on Virtual Reality, developed by the University of London
New courses in Virtual Reality Specialisation, comprising five course modules, have been developed by Dr Sylvia Pan and Dr Marco Gillies from Goldsmiths, University of London, based on a combined 25 years’ experience in some of the world’s most prominent VR research labs.
Their expertise in VR centres on the generation of interactive and engaging virtual characters, one of the focus areas in the new Specialisation they teach on Coursera.
“Many of the mistakes made by Virtual Reality content creators come from not understanding the psychology of how VR works and what it means for how we create content, which is an important feature of this Specialisation,” said Dr Marco Gillies.
“In Virtual Reality users need to physically interact so they feel present in the surrounding environment. This means other characters must respond in the same way they would in the real world. These courses combine theory – the basic psychology of how VR works – with practical production skills. All the time learners are doing the practical work, they are also having to think about the psychology behind it.
“Another important part of this Specialisation is Social VR. Social interactions in Virtual Reality are such a powerful experience; Users are sharing the space with someone who is life size, so the body language works in a way it doesn’t on a regular screen.”
The potential for Virtual Reality to change the way we work, learn, and play is significant, but we need more people educated in VR technologies and design to get there
Learners in this Specialisation will get hands-on experience using many of the leading technology tools for Virtual Reality content development, and in particular the world leading game development project Unity.
‘The potential for Virtual Reality to change the way we work, learn, and play is significant, but we need more people educated in VR technologies and design to get there,’ said Jessica Lindl, Unity’s Global Head of Education. ‘This series of courses from the University of London is a great example of a credential that can really help anyone interested in applying Virtual Reality in the work that they do.’
To enrol in the Virtual Reality Specialisation being delivered by the University of London International Programmes through Coursera, visit https://coursera.org/specializations/virtual-reality