Northern’s ‘Vir­tual Re­al­ity’ awarded on world stage

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - News -

Northern Col­lege has been in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized by the World Fed­er­a­tion of Col­leges and Polytech­nic Awards for its use of tech­nol­ogy in teach­ing.

The col­lege’s Vir­tual Re­al­ity in Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram was awarded sil­ver in the Ac­cess to Learn­ing and Em­ploy­ment cat­e­gory at the World Congress of Col­leges in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, one of seven cat­e­gories that re­flect the mis­sion and val­ues of the World Fed­er­a­tion and its con­tribut­ing bod­ies.

The awards seek to dis­tin­guish WFCP mem­ber in­sti­tu­tions that are strength­en­ing ap­plied learn­ing and re­search out­comes.

Both Northern Col­lege and the WFCP feel that vir­tual re­al­ity will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the fu­ture de­liv­ery of ed­u­ca­tion.

“While ex­ist­ing tech­nolo­gies are far from per­fect, Northern Col­lege has cre­ated a unique av­enue for ed­u­ca­tors to move out­side of the class­room and into the lim­it­less po­ten­tial of the dig­i­tal realm,” said Northern Col­lege pres­i­dent Fred Gib­bons.

“Al­low­ing the col­lege to en­gage learn­ers with in­for­ma­tion, knowl- edge and skills that will un­doubt­edly help stu­dents gain a broader un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the world at large, from the safety of the class­room.”

Gib­bons added, “To re­ceive in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion from our peer col­leges and in­sti­tu­tions for the pi­o­neer­ing work we are do­ing in us­ing vir­tual re­al­ity to create learn­ing re­sources in some of our pro­grams is a real hon­our.”

It is an hon­our the col­lege will use as af­fir­ma­tion of this di­rec­tion, shoring up long-stand­ing goals to fur­ther de­velop its vir­tual re­al­ity ex­per­tise and ca­pa­bil­i­ties, Gib­bons added. The next phase for this now award-win­ning project is to create the world’s first “vir­tual” school, al­low­ing for even more unique learn­ing op­tions be­ing of­fered by Northern Col­lege’s dig­i­tal cam­pus.

Au­drey Penner, vice-pres­i­dent of Aca­demic and Stu­dent Suc­cess at Northern Col­lege, said, “This award is a team ef­fort. We have in­no­va­tive fac­ulty, a dy­namic con­tract train­ing divi­sion and a sup­port­ive man­age­ment team to as­sure an in­crease in ac­cess for learn­ers. Lead­ing in this en­vi­ron­ment is in­cred­i­ble.”

Hand­out/ The Daily Press

Northern Col­lege pres­i­dent Fred Gib­bons, left, ac­cepts sil­ver recog­ni­tion for the col­legeís Vir­tual Re­al­ity in Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram dur­ing the World Fed­er­a­tion of Col­leges and Polytech­nic Awards held in in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia.

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