January 2015

SPARC Award for LabVIEW 360 Interactive Virtual Laboratory Tour

Wed, 28 January 15 15:10

SPARC is a UCD Teaching & Learning funded pilot initiative to facilitate the delivery of projects aimed at making UCD a better place to live, work and learn. These projects are delivered through staff/student partnerships. The standard of applications received was exceptionally high and showcased the commitment to innovation and continuous improvement in evidence across the campus. One of only four SPARC awards from UCD Teaching and Learning went to Dr Gordon Cooke to create a virtual tour of a laboratory in the Conway (LabVIEW 360 interactive virtual lab tour).

It takes time for new students and staff to get to know the layout and how equipment works in the Conway institute. Creating a virtual tour could speed up the training and orientation process of Conway students and staff. This virtual tour will also allow potential postgraduate students and employees to survey the Conway Institute labs and equipment. Dr Cooke’s collaborators are Kate Connor, PhD student, Conway Institute; Niall Watts, Educational Technologist, UCD Media Services and Vincent Hoban, Audio Visual Specialist, UCD Media Services. To learn more, click here

LabVIEW 360 interactive virtual lab tour

Background:

It takes time for new students and staff to get to know the layout and how equipment works in  the Conway institute. Creating a virtual tour could speed up the training and orientation process  of Conway students and staff. This virtual tour will also allow potential postgraduate students  and employees to survey the Conway Institute labs and equipment.

Aims:

To create a virtual walkabout tour of a Conway Institute laboratory.To create video demonstration of how various pieces of equipment work and incorporate them into the virtual tour as video guides.Place this tour on a server as an interactive website.Add barcodes to pieces of equipment so students can scan these with their mobile phones and watch the demo videos created in aim 2.

Project Team:

Kate Connor, PhD student, College of ScienceGordon Cooke, Research Scientist, School of Medicine and Medical ScienceVincent Hoban, Audio Visual Specialist, UCD Media ServicesNiall Watts, Educational Technologist, UCD Media Services

Timeline:

January – September 2015