University of Glasgow to create educational VR platform

The University of Glasgow has been awarded £1m to fund Project Mobius, a VR platform for higher education


A project which aims to bring virtual realty (VR) into classrooms has received £1m ($1.3m) in funding to help it build an education VR platform. Named Project Mobius, the pilot program will last three years while students and academics running it create teaching apps and lectures to be utilized on the platform.

The University of Glasgow, where the platform is to be built, first plans to build two VR labs capable of handling 15 students at a time, exposing them to enhanced learning experiences through the latest VR tech.

"This technology will allow students to travel inside a human body or take a visit to an important geological area from their lecture," explained research fellow in VR and augmented reality (AR), Dr Neil McDonnell.

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Fiona Macpherson, principle investigator and director of the centre for the study of perceptual experience at the University of Glasgow said: "We believe that Project Mobius has huge and positive implications for educators and students. By harnessing the positives of immersive technology, we will create a teaching experience that helps students gain insights and knowledge not currently open to them without VR."

The university will be working in collaboration with Sublime, a Glasgow-based AR and VR firm with expertise in hardware, software and content.

Speaking following the announcement, Mobius Project director Fergus Bruce remarked: "Sublime is thrilled to be the recipients of such a significant innovation grant and to be collaborating with one of the world's leading universities, right on our doorstep."

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