Rethinking the Virtual Tour: An Immersive Experience that's More Than A Map

A session at HighEdWeb 2012

  • John-Paul Takats

Monday 8th October, 2012

10:45am to 11:30am (CST)

The traditional college virtual tour often revolves around a clickable map featuring an overhead view of campus -- far different from walking around campuswith a student ambassador tour guide. The RIT Undergraduate Admissions office set out to create an immersive and interactive tour-like experience that mimics aspects of the real-world tour while also embracing geographically-based media available on the internet, including Google Street View, student-recorded tour information, social media widgets, photos and videos. While RIT’s tour relies heavily on Street View, the principles explored here can be applied to different types of media. The presentation will focus on the model used to collaboratively develop the tour, tips for universities who wish to do the same, an overview of the technologies that power it, how it was received by student, and what the future may be like for timeline-movie-based content in a web browser. Check out the tour in beta at http://www.rit.edu/emcs/admissio... .

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Time 10:45am11:30am CST

Date Mon 8th October 2012

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