Extended Reality Projects

The Center for Academic Innovation has worked with dozens of campus partners to create immersive learning experiences using extended reality technologies.

19 U-M school and college partners

39 XR projects

The Center for Academic Innovation has worked with dozens of campus partners to create immersive learning experiences using extended reality technologies. We have built full virtual environments, augmented and virtual reality experiences, and used virtual productions to create digital twins, training programs, and interactive projects.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality provides an immersive digital experience that transports you into a fully simulated environment, engaging multiple senses to create a sense of presence in a non-physical world.

XR Nuclear Reactor Laboratory

1000 Cut Journey

College of Engineering, Brendan Kochunas

Columbia, Courtney Cogburn; Stanford, Jeremy Bailenson

Residential course | Virtual recreation of the decommissioned Ford Nuclear Reactor, allowing students to perform various experiments and obtain data for further analysis.

Open Experience (Meta) | Immersive experience of life as a Black man in America. Partnered with Columbia and Stanford universities to recreate an earlier version using Unreal and make it widely accessible in Meta Quest store.

Under the Skin

Augmented Tectonics

School of Nursing, Michelle Aebersold

Taubman School of Architecture, Jonathan Rule

Residential course | Students learn how to safely administer anti-cancer drugs in virtual reality and understand what is happening at a cellular level. Students can practice giving the drugs and managing potentially hazardous situations.

Residential course | Students learn construction concepts as abstract drawings and images are reimagined in a fully virtual environment that can be manipulated to explore the interactions between different building materials.

Interactive 360

Accessible interactive immersive video, which can be viewed on a headset or a smartphone, that allows you to explore panoramic environments and interact with elements on the screen.

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills

Feedback Loops: How to Give & Receive High-Quality Feedback

Stephen M. Ross School of Business, George Siedel

Michigan Law, Patrick Barry

Open Online Course | Learners practice negotiation skills and strategies in a virtual pitch meeting, recreating the intensity of a high-stakes negotiation using 360-degree video.

Open Online CourseLearners practice delivering prepared remarks in various settings recreated using 360-degree video. They receive a framework to learn how to give and receive appropriate feedback.

High Stakes Leadership: Leading in Times of Crisis

Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Reducing Bias in Healthcare

Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Mike Barger

School of Public Health, Ebbin Dotson

Open Online Course | Learners enter a virtual recreation of an airport, reacting to disgruntled customers and employees during a weather delay to learn how to navigate a crisis scenario.

Open Online Course | Current or future health practitioners take part in a virtual bias training scenario where they witness or experience bias in healthcare and practice how to handle a potentially uncomfortable situation.

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality enhances our perception of the real world by overlaying digital information, graphics, and sensory enhancements onto our physical surroundings through devices like smartphones.

The Nurse’s Toolkit

Nursing Training

School of Nursing, Deb Lee

School of Nursing, Deb Lee

Open Online Course | Nursing professionals receive training for clinical settings, including an augmented reality experience in airway management and examining types of bone fractures.

Residential Course | Using augmented reality to offer training procedures and regular low-risk practice in essential and frequent nursing skills, including sterile urinary catheterization, thoracentesis, and central line placement.

Virtual Production

Virtual production immerses people into virtual environments by combining computer graphics, virtual reality, and real-time interactive visuals to create new interactive ways of teaching and learning.

Black Performance as Social Protest

Real Estate Development: Building Value in Your Community

School of Music, Theatre, & Dance, Louise Toppin; Georgetown, Anita Gonzalez

Taubman School of Architecture, Chase Cantrell

Open Online Course | Learners experience a virtual production that transports them to various times in history when Black people used song as a form of protest, including a rice plantation in the 1800s, a Baptist church in the 1920s, and protests in the 1960s and modern day.

Open Online Course | Explore property and community development fundamentals as instructors manipulate a dynamic virtual environment, highlighting evolving landscapes and properties, identifying core course concepts, and immersing learners in a developing neighborhood.