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Specialization

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Hours to complete

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Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Russian, Arabic
Specialization

Course 1 of 5 in the

100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Russian, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Virtual Reality- Hardware and History

In this week, we’ll cover the basics of VR. We’ll start by sharing a definition of Virtual Reality, and exploring VR hardware, and then you’ll see demonstrations of a range of VR Head Mounted Devices. In the latter part of the week, you will hear more about the history of Virtual Reality and finish the week by drafting your ideas for a VR application....
Reading
15 videos (Total 78 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video15 videos
Welcome to Introduction to Virtual Reality!1m
Introduction to Week 147s
What is VR and How is it Different from Other Media?5m
Displays | CAVE and HMDs3m
Head Tracking5m
Controllers5m
Choosing your VR Device5m
HMD | Oculus Rift1m
HMD | HTC Vive3m
HMD | Sony PlayStation VR4m
HMD | Mobile VR | Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear2m
CAVE VR Systems8m
Part 1 | VR in the Analogue Age7m
Part 2 | VR in the Digital Age16m
Reading4 readings
Course blog10m
Where to Download VR Apps10m
Summary | How To Choose Your VR HMD10m
VR History10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
VR HMDs and VR History30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

VR Applications

This week, you’ll learn more about the different applications of VR- from news and documentaries, to sports, therapy, and games. You will also learn more about the VR Technical Framework, and will have the opportunity to share your thoughts on VR applications with your peers....
Reading
9 videos (Total 33 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Introduction to the VR Technical Framework5m
360 Video and Model Based VR6m
Being Someone Else4m
Sports3m
News and Documentary Films2m
Scientific Data Visualisation3m
Medical Training2m
Physical Rehabilitation and Psychotherapy3m
Reading7 readings
Further Reading on 360 Video10m
Being Someone Else10m
VR in Sports10m
VR in News and Documentary Films10m
Medical Training10m
VR in Physical Rehabilitation and Psychotherapy10m
Enhancing Our Lives with Virtual Reality10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
VR Applications10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

The Psychology of VR: the Three Illusions

In this week, Professor Mel Slater will take us through the Three Illusions. We’ll discuss Place Illusion, Plausibility Illusion, and Embodiment Illusion, with some interesting tricks along the way! ...
Reading
22 videos (Total 105 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video22 videos
A Brief History of VR4m
Levels of Immersion in VR Systems10m
Sensorimotor Contingency (SC)2m
Sensorimotor Contingency in VR4m
Why Do We Need Immersive VR?4m
Introduction to the Three Illusions4m
Introduction to Place Illusion (PI)6m
Does Immersion Cause PI?4m
Introduction to Plausibility Illusion (Psi)3m
Necessary Conditions for Psi4m
Break of Presence2m
Presence, Immersion, PI, and Psi2m
The Pinocchio Illusion2m
The Rubber Hand Illusion2m
Psychological Effects of Embodiment Illusion7m
Visual-Tactile and Visual-Motor Synchrony13m
The Technical Setup of VR Embodiment2m
Changes in Attitude, Behaviours, and Cognition9m
Self-Counselling and Treating Depression5m
Comparing CGI and 360 Video4m
The Future of Embodiment in VR2m
Reading4 readings
The Three Illusions10m
The Technical Setup of VR Embodiment10m
Changing Bodies Changes Minds: Owning Another Body Affects Social Cognition10m
Embodiment in Self-Counselling and Treating Depression10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The Three Illusions of Virtual Reality30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Challenges in Virtual Reality

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Reading
7 videos (Total 26 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Realism | Graphics6m
Realism | Animation4m
Navigation4m
Nausea3m
Meeting Other People3m
Haptic Feedback2m
Reading3 readings
Basic Concepts in 3D Computer Graphics10m
Simulation Sickness10m
Thank You and Course Blog10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Challenges in VR10m
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Top Reviews

By NCJan 29th 2018

Very good overview of theory of VR and a great start to deepen the knowledge. The course encourages you to seek out additional information and prompts you to think of applications of the technology.

By CSDec 18th 2017

This course was very informative. I also found it challenging, which is a good thing. I was introduced to aspects of VR that had not considered, such as the psychological aspects.

Instructors

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Dr Sylvia Xueni Pan

Lecturer, Department of Computing
Goldsmiths, University of London
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Dr Marco Gillies

Senior Lecturer
Computing Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

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About the Virtual Reality Specialization

This specialisation from the University of London will introduce you to virtual reality. Virtual reality is one of the most highly requested skill sets in the jobs market, and this specialisation will give you an introduction to the subject and key skills in the field. You will hear from world-leading lecturers and industry experts, use Unity to develop your own VR environment, and end the specialisation by creating your first VR game....
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