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Master VR in a Virtual Classroom with Axon Park this Fall

Gaming article by Alyssa Wejebe on June 27, 2019 at 10:27 PM
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Education technology company and virtual campus Axon Park announces that they will launch a full-semester class taught remotely and entirely in VR, something they call the first of its kind in the world. The curriculum, taught by Survios CTO and co-founder Alex Silkin (Creed: Rise to Glory, Raw Data, Electronauts), will revolve around teaching Unreal Engine VR development. The class is scheduled for the fall, and will receive input from the Unreal Engine team. Other mentors stated to be part of the class include Robo Recall creator Ray Davis and Oculus founders.

The course structure covers different learning objectives like scripting (beginner, intermediate, advanced), level design, and VR locomotion. The syllabus is available for download after filling out a form with contact information.

 

Axon Park's focus is largely on using virtual reality and AI to make education more accessible to people around the world. According to Road to VR, Axon Park held the first remote course taught in VR at the MIT Media Lab before developing this new class. Taught by a Los Angeles instructor, the MIT class focused on VR development with Unity instead of Unreal Engine.

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Axon Park CEO and founder Taylor Freeman taught the previous in-VR class at MIT.

 

With tuition at $2,495 and needs-based scholarships available, Axon Park's new Unreal Engine VR Master Class is scheduled to meet twice per week in VR, and will run from Sept. 4 until Dec. 11. The course isn’t for complete beginners, with prerequisites that require prior experience with game engine development, specifically Unity; Github, visual studio, or similar; C++ and 3D linear algebra.

Additionally, unless students get a hardware access scholarship made possible by Axon Park's partnership with VR First, they will not be provided with the necessary equipmenta VR-ready PC and Oculus Rift or Rift S. Students will need to get those tools themselves.

 

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The Unreal Engine VR Master Class will also offer a variety of other features, such as a virtual job fair, career coaching, and virtual field trips.

Does a virtual classroom sound interesting to you? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Alyssa Wejebe

Alyssa Wejebe

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Alyssa Wejebe writes about games, reads about games, and plays them too. RPG, hack-and-slash, and fighting games are some of her favorite genres. She loves nonhuman characters. One of her earliest gaming memories center around battling her grandmother and younger brothers in “Super Bomberman 2” on the SNES.