“Immersive technologies like AR and VR are already having a profound impact on day-to-day consumer experiences, with far-reaching implications for society, education and the world of work,” wrote Mark Milliron, president and CEO of National University, in the release. “This is about creating immersive and engaging experiences that can bring the community of campus — and classroom instruction — into the convenience of the digital world.”
The campus is being built by developer Axon Park and deepens the San Diego-based university’s VR and XR offerings. In 2020, National received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to create a VR-based curriculum within its nursing program.
Immersive learning opportunities for students have been expanding in recent years, both on a grand scale with things like digital twin campuses and more targeted programs, especially in healthcare education. The use of VR and AR can also help higher education institutions collaborate in hybrid or HyFlex scenarios, giving students the chance to connect regardless of their physical location.