INF 385T - Special Topics in Information Science: Virtual Environments
Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.
Study of the properties and behavior of information. Technology for information processing and management.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.
Topic Description: Virtual environments have become an integral component of people’s everyday lives for multiple uses such as socializing, learning, and behavior change. The focus of the course is to examine people’s social and psychological experiences of
virtual environments, such as in virtual reality. Through the course students will learn about the research behind people’s experiences of virtual environments. The course includes finding and presenting research in the field, examining the intersection
between research and the design of virtual environments as well as interacting with VR hardware and software to build 3D virtual environments. Finally, for their final project students will design their own research study/intervention that utilizes virtual environments.
Weekly readings are to be completed before class, and students are expected to participate in discussions as well as submit relevant examples that incorporate that week’s readings and/or assignments.