Oral Roberts University officials cut the ribbon Wednesday to open the new Global Learning Center, a high-tech facility designed to connect ORU to students around the world. The $8 million, 54,000-square-foot facility is in what is called the “Baby Mabee,” the building attached to Mabee Center at 81st Street and Lewis Avenue that once housed the Oral Roberts television studio. ORU President William Wilson told people crowded into the lobby that the Global Learning Center is one of the visible realities of ORU’s pursuit over the last several years to become a global institution. He said the center allows ORU to connect with students globally in real time.
Virtual Reality Reporter: EON Reality and Lehman College Partner to Establish a Virtual Reality Center in New York City
The Center will support a Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality certificate program offered through the Lehman College School of Continuing and Professional Studies. EON Reality Inc., the world leader in Virtual Reality based knowledge transfer for industry, education, and edutainment, and Lehman College, a public, senior college located in the Bronx that is part of the City University of New York (CUNY), today announce the establishment of an Interactive Digital Center (IDC) as part of Lehman College’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. This IDC will support the training of new Virtual and Augmented Reality professionals as well support the development of VR and AR applications that will assist in teaching Lehman’s students. The new program will be housed in the College’s satellite campus, CUNY on the Concourse.
You know things are getting serious around a nascent technology when the major players with major names decide to band together under the banner of an association. That happened a couple weeks back by way of the new Global Virtual Reality Association, which is a non-profit organization made up of international headset manufacturers to promote the growth of the global VR industry. They include Acer Starbreeze, Google, HTC Vive, Facebook’s Oculus, Samsung, and Sony Interactive Entertainment.
The rapid expansion of virtual reality (VR) has meant the birth of university courses that can cater for the growing demand of VR professionals needed in all aspects of the industry. Today EON Reality Inc., a VR specialist for industry, education, and edutainment, has announced a partnership with Lehman College to create a VR centre in New York City. Lehman College is a public, senior college, that is part of the City University of New York (CUNY).
A strong local VR environment was essential when the US company Eon Reality established themselves in Europe. Many new jobs are expected Eon [Reality] is the leading player on the world market for Virtual Reality (VR) and Augment Reality (AR) and develops VR and AR applications for industrial and educational purposes, according to press release. Eon Norway established in spring 2017 with headquarters and production center for VR and AR in Hamar. A showroom where players demonstrate and marketer VR and AR-equipment solutions, established in Elverum. In addition, establishing a one-year in AR and VR at Hedmark University College.
HAMAR (NRK): One of the world’s leading companies in virtual reality establishes itself in Norway. Between game developers, IT companies and students will find their place in Hamar and Elverum. – The engagement of the parties is a big reason why we ended here, says Mikael Jacobsson, director of Eon Reality in Europe and Africa. The company started in California in 1999. Since then it has become a worldwide company. When they now establishing themselves in Norway, it is in close cooperation with Hamar and Elverum Municipality, Hedmark University and several local IT companies. A model they have good experiences with.
HAMAR: EON Reality has education centers spread across the world, with access to equipment and expertise in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).Now, players in the local business community joined forces with Hedmark County, Hamar, Elverum Hedmark University College to establish such a center in Hamar, with a subdivision in Elverum. The company is now defined as Global Center of Expertise in EON, and it is expected that it will provide 100 jobs to Hamar and Elverum the next three years, and 200 jobs for a further three years.
Christmas is once again within a matter of weeks. If you have remained on top of things, you have already bought your gifts and started getting into the spirit of the season. If not, well you missed your chance with Black Friday already, so better luck next year. Some of you will already have had an opportunity to try out Virtual Reality. If you are fortunate, then you also have a headset of your own. Now is the time to combine the two and get into the Christmas spirit with these VR experiences. Some are simply visual; others are a little more involved. All of them are drenched in Christmas spirit.
When gamers enter a world of augmented or virtual reality, they are surrounded by an unfamiliar environment where they must absorb new information for an extended period of time and solve a variety of challenging problems. Those same skills are essential for learning, which is why one virtual reality company is putting gaming elements to use in the classroom. “When learning in virtual reality, you are able to close your eyes and recall the experience you had,” Mark Cheben, Eon Reality’s global marketing manager, told The 74. “It is a totally new way to learn. You are immersed in this new world. It is a lesson, but also an experience.”
The Global Learning Center, previously known as the Baby Mabee, was officially dedicated on Nov. 9 following chapel. The event began with worship and an address from President William M. Wilson, conveying a powerful vision and mission to the attendees. Several international students representing six different countries spoke after Chair of the Board of Trustees, Robert Hoskins, prayed over the dedication ceremony. The vision for the GLC is to reach into the “bounds of the earth” that are in need of state of the art education for success. The center was created in 2014, as part of the 50th anniversary comprehensive campaign for globalization initiatives.