Are you interested in incorporating virtual reality content into your courses? There are many free applications out there that will allow you to easily add immersive learning content.

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#1 : Google Expeditions

With an extensive library of 360-degree photos available for virtual and augmented reality, Google Expeditions is ideal for virtual field trips. The app is free to use with a Google account, and an inexpensive cardboard VR viewer provides a truly immersive experience. Create your own expeditions or view ones created by institutions like the Guggenheim Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, or National Geographic. Explore Google Expeditions on your desktop or laptop with Google Poly, or download the free mobile application for a more immersive option. From visiting a Roman bath house in England to experiencing a day in the life of a dean of engineering there are over 900 virtual tours to explore in Google Expeditions.


#2 : New York Times in VR

The New York Times has a collection of short 360-degree videos on a range of topics. Explore this content on your laptop or desktop in YouTube or view it on your mobile device with the NYT VR app. Go on a research dive in Antarctica, witness a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, or walk through hyperbolic geometry.


#3 : Sites in VR

Explore various city sites, outer space, and geometry with the Sites in VR mobile application. Sites in VR has a collection of 360-degree photographs, including space, ancient architecture, and historical and religious sites. Sites in VR works on mobile devices and tablets, and an inexpensive cardboard viewer will provide a more immersive viewing experience. Download the free Sites in VR app to browse the collection.


So where do you want to go on your next virtual field trip? You might discover great VR content already out there that’s worth exploring.  

Interested in more?

The Division of Professional & Continuing Studies have compiled a catalog of immersive learning apps worth perusing with tips for their implementation. Visit for more or contact Tim Danner (

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