UNIVERSE Virtual Platform Adds Thematic Classrooms, Portfolio Tools
ViewSonic is launching an update to its UNIVERSE immersive 3D virtual learning platform for K–12 education.
UNIVERSE provides a 3D immersive campus environment where students engaged in remote learning can gather in an environment designed to resemble in-person learning.
The update provides thematic classroom environments designed for specific subjects. Initially, the platform is added a class for biology, pictured below. Other thematic classrooms in the works include English, math, geography, and history, according to the company.
In addition to the thematic rooms, UNIVERSE is also getting a Portfolio tool, "enabling teachers to access class insights such as test results, attendance, and participation records with ease to streamline class management."
It also adds LTI integration for interoperability with learning management systems. It will soon be adding integration with Canvas and Blackboard.
Other features of UNIVERSE include:
Content sharing capabilities, including screen sharing, webcam support, and whiteboarding;
Tests and quizzes; and
Engagement tools, such as rewards, random student selection, breakout rooms, active study mode, and others.
The new features are being showcased at the BETT Show 2023 convention being held this week in London. The company is also showing off a new feature for its myViewBoard platform, called Originals, which provides teachers with pre-made learning content that they can customize for use in the classroom. It includes games, graphics, backgrounds, and other materials.
Further details about UNIVERSE can be found on ViewSonic's site.