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English

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Learner Career Outcomes

50%

started a new career after completing these courses

45%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Course 1 of 5 in the

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 14 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Russian, Arabic

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Goldsmiths, University of London

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Virtual Reality- Hardware and History

3 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 78 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
15 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
7 readings
Course blog10m
HMD | Windows Mixed Reality10m
HMD | Oculus GO10m
HMD | Oculus Quest10m
Where to Download VR Apps10m
Summary | How To Choose Your VR HMD10m
VR History10m
1 practice exercise
VR HMDs and VR History30m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

VR Applications

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 33 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
9 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
7 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
1 practice exercise
VR Applications10m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

The Psychology of VR: the Three Illusions

3 hours to complete
22 videos (Total 105 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
22 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
4 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
1 practice exercise
The Three Illusions of Virtual Reality30m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Challenges in Virtual Reality

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

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....
Virtual Reality

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