Torrens University introduces extended reality into hospitality and fashion curricula

VR images from hospitality and fashion curricula | Torrens University

Torrens University Australia is leading the way in higher education by delivering transformative and experiential education with the introduction of extended reality (XR) and virtual reality (VR) into their hospitality and fashion curricula.

These extended and virtual reality initiatives are revolutionising the way students learn. The innovative virtual workspaces have been created using 360° and 3D technologies to simulate workplace environments and experiences making learning immersive, engaging, and highly industry relevant. The initiatives are accessed in a VR form using goggles to interact in life-like environments, or via a desktop version with 3D Scenarios.

XR environments create immersive and engaging learning spaces

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) at Torrens University Australia has created an entire simulated hotel environment where Bachelor of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management) hospitality students can service a guest’s bedroom, serve digital guests in a dining room and reception space, and complete activities as they wander around the virtual hotel space.

Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia’s Branded Fashion design students will immerse themselves in the XR environment through a variety of interactive scenarios and demonstrations covering sewing and garment construction, as well as an introduction to different tools, equipment, and machinery. The XR training experience mimics design studio environments through the guidance of a Virtual Design Room Manager where students will respond to a brief and design and construct a look with an accompanying technical pack.

VR experience creating job ready graduates with in-demand skills

“At Torrens University Australia we have a commitment to deliver immersive, authentic, industry-based learning, and we are also passionately committed to exceeding the possibilities of classroom learning through digital innovation,” said Eoghan Hogan, Director of Product Innovation.

“These XR and VR learning assets provide the best of both worlds building work-ready skills, empathy building, and technical skills in a safe learning environment.”

These projects are redefining the student learning experience for practical, applied skills and critical smart soft skills, such as conflict resolution and developing positive customer relations.

“By combining research and technology we are able to create an informed learning design strategy which transforms learning experiences while aligning to the future of digitally transformed higher education,” said Simon Pawson, Associate Dean and Academic Director BMIHMS.

“Embedding technology innovation in pedagogy is important as students enter an increasingly networked and virtual world,” says Fashion Program Director Russell Ponting, Billy Blue College of Design.

Torrens University Australia continually pushes boundaries to ensure they are at the forefront with their graduates in demand in a rapidly evolving industry.

These initiatives are a natural progression for Torrens University Australia, recognised as one of 2021 Australia Financial Review’s BOSS Most Innovative Companies List for bringing course guides to life through the Start your adventure: Billy Blue, an Augmented Reality (AR)3D experience. The acknowledgment was awarded for the second year running following recognition in 2020 for their online Virtual Careers Expo for school leavers, following the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.

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