Torrens University wins international award for its virtual design studio

Torrens University Australia has won a 2022 Catalyst Award in the Teaching and Learning category for its work in virtual reality. The real-world experience of a working fashion studio has been meticulously crafted in a new extended reality (XR) virtual design studio. This allows students to experience activities that typically take place in real environments.

Eoghan Hogan, director of product innovation at Torrens University, said the Catalyst Awards program recognizes innovation and excellence to support student success in the global education community.

“At Torrens University Australia, we are committed to delivering immersive, authentic and industry-based learning, and we are also passionately committed to exceeding classroom learning opportunities through digital innovation,” said Mr Hogan.

“Winning this award, in a field that included universities like Johns Hopkins University and Texas Tech University, is a recognition of this commitment and the incredible talent of our staff who take the student experience to a new level. .”

The Virtual Design Studio was launched in May this year and allows students from Billy Blue College of Design at the Australian University of Branded Fashion Design to immerse themselves in an XR environment and participate in a variety of interactive scenarios and demonstrations covering sewing and construction of garments, as well as an introduction to different tools, equipment and machinery.

Fashion program director Russell Ponting of the Billy Blue College of Design said integrating technological innovation into pedagogy is important as students enter an increasingly networked and virtual world.

“The COVID pandemic has accelerated digital innovation in the fashion industry, and it’s now common to hear about digital fashion, virtual catwalks, collaborations between fashion and gaming companies, and avatars. personalized, so bringing this innovation into the classroom is vital,” he said. said.

“Technological innovation like our virtual design studio allows students to engage in a greater range of experiences and gives them more flexibility to interact with their course and with their classmates, extending the notion of shared knowledge beyond the confines of a traditional classroom.”

Paul Brafield, VP Global and Digital Enterprise, said the Virtual Fashion Studio is just one example of how Torrens University is designing the future of learning.

“The higher education sector is changing and the trajectory into the future has been accelerated by COVID-19. We are committed to designing the future of learning, so our students are empowered and equipped to navigate an increasingly complex and changing world of work,” said Brafield.

“The Virtual Design Studio uses immersive learning technology to extend learning beyond physical boundaries, advance digital literacy and student competitive advantage in contemporary workplaces, and empower students to master their learning.”

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Joseph E. Golightly