Making VR a Reality: Virtual Reality in Nutrition Education

Virtual reality isn’t just for entertainment. Educators are finding novel ways to incorporate virtual reality and 360° spherical videos into the classroom, and nutrition educators are in a prime position to develop engaging learning tools with this technology. This webinar, co-led by a media specialist, instructional designer, and nutrition faculty member, will introduce participants to the concept of virtual reality, including important technological and educational considerations. Using nutrition educator training videos as an example, the speakers will demonstrate the technology and provide tips for nutrition educators seeking to incorporate this technology in their nutrition education courses. This session is sponsored by the Higher Education Division. 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the concept of virtual reality.
2. Understand the underlying pedagogical considerations when using virtual reality.
3. Discuss creative approaches to incorporating virtual reality in nutrition educator training.
4. Brainstorm ways that virtual reality might improve student/participant learning for their course/program.

Natalie K. Cooke, PhD, North Carolina State University
Michael Cuales, MA, North Carolina State University
Cathi Phillips Dunnagan, MS, North Carolina State University