How does this help open up Environmental Science?
- makes environments accessible to those variety of personal or social or socio-economic challenges
- offers accessibility through variety of platforms (phones, tablets, pc's etc).
- virtual exploration of remote locations (but could be used in urban environments to explore local geographies)
- offers platform for variety of levels of information which can be targeted to different user groups
- used in a room or on devices in real time to prompt discussion or active learning through visual features linked to reading
- does not present challenge to users who my get disorientated by VR headsets (reduced cost is also added benefit)
- growing number of these virtual platforms used in visualisation capacities
- capacity to be used as a teaching aid (pre-trip orientation, post-trip reflective resource)
- ease to update or configure for different audiences
Are there any barriers to the learners?
- Devices/technology available
- Assumption of capacity to view/use screen-based platform
- content requirements
- Providers limits on content (e.g. Licence limits to sphere numbers, YouTube features, data or soundscape etc.)
- Limited interactivity (eg. can't make measurements in the sphere etc so visual/descriptive only)
- Technology is image spheres only when more interactive 3D platforms available / in development.
- Tour is limited to the producers' viewpoint or purpose
- Issue of changing access as popularity/license costs/functionality controlled by 3rd party (ie. Risk if Roundme went bankrupt or bought out by or suspended operation as Google VR did)