Full Sail University is often cited as a forward-thinking school, and its newest use of the Rumii app is aiming to make online classes less of a solitary experience. At its core, the app is a teleconferencing suite but the twist is in its native VR nature. By utilizing a VR space students can create customizable avatars to inhabit a meeting space and allows them to see other participants' avatars. Within the app users can share documents, give presentations and browse the web on a virtual screen. The Rumii app was developed by Doghead Simulations, who are also working on a mobile VR version of the app.
This innovative app has already been used in some professional settings, but a recent partnership with Full Sail University is seeing the app's use for education. The idea is to use the VR space to simulate a lecture hall and directly interact with the instructor rather than viewing the lecture via a YouTube video or taking an online survey. Another benefit focuses on the student, as the experience with the Rumii app helps reduce the insular nature of online courses.
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