About College of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical Faculty’s VR initiatives:

Throughout the previous 12 months, Lennon Parker developed an interactive digital campus utilizing InstaVR know-how which has develop into a profitable recruiting software. Not too long ago, the At all times Studying Librarian listed his work together with the Library of Congress, UCLA, Georgetown College and described his work for College of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical Faculty as essentially the most immersive digital tour on the listing.

To entry all of UA-Pulaski Tech’s on-line VR excursions, go to https://www.uaptc.edu/vr. And ensure to observe the beneath 30 minute webinar by Lennon Parker on how he builds and promotes digital excursions for the faculty. 



Lennon Parker, Digital Communication Specialist at College of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical Faculty

Lennon Parker

Lennon Parker is the Digital Communication Specialist at College of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical Faculty. He manages the faculty web site, digital signage, social media, videography, images and digital actuality companies. In 2007, College of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical Faculty awarded him the Excellent Worker Award for Service Excellence and later that 12 months he obtained the Excellent Employees Award from the Arkansas Neighborhood Schools for his work and dedication.

College of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical Faculty is a public two-year neighborhood school situated in North Little Rock Arkansas. Based in 1991, the faculty affords over 80 packages of examine to six,000+ college students and is the biggest two-year school in central Arkansas.  The mission of the faculty is to supply entry to high-quality schooling that promotes scholar studying and permits people to develop to their fullest potential

Parker makes use of InstaVR generated excursions to advertise campus with out college students having to bodily go to. Takes VR headsets on the street to showcase at highschool and neighborhood occasions.

Query: How did you first get keen on utilizing VR at UA-Pulaski Tech?

Reply: Our director of admissions had contacted me concerning the thought and after discussing it, we checked out completely different faculties who have been utilizing digital actuality and we thought it might be a great recruiting software to make obtainable to future college students who have been keen on attending.

Query: What are the benefits to utilizing 360 media for advertising/outreach in increased schooling?

Reply: Among the best benefits is giving potential college students the chance to expertise your campus tradition by digital actuality with out coming to campus! By way of digital actuality, customers can navigate round completely different labs, eating areas, lecture rooms and extra. Whereas they’re navigating, they’ll view images of the exercise that goes on within the room they’re navigating round which provides the person a really feel of what it’s like in individual. One other benefit is your capable of take your campus on the street and share it with excessive colleges, neighborhood occasions or selling a program that takes place in a specific constructing. For instance, in case you are selling aviation and you may provide a tour of your hanger and even provide the person an opportunity to navigate inside an plane. Seeing it is going to make the scholar keen to go to in individual.

Experiencing a VR campus tour at an off-campus occasion

Parker makes use of a Ricoh Theta S, makes use of Adobe Photoshop to lighten images/add small edits, and every VR tour solely takes him a pair hours to construct in InstaVR 

Query:What sort of (ie cameras, tripods) for constructing your VR?

Reply: At the moment, we’re utilizing a THETA S by RICOH and a Promaster tripod.

Query: How did you discover about InstaVR?

Reply: Our Admissions workplace had researched and beneficial InstaVR.

Query: What’s your course of for filming, importing, enhancing, and many others utilizing InstaVR? How lengthy does it take you per tour? How many individuals?


Filming – My course of for filming is capturing the wanted pictures early within the morning throughout low visitors so I can get pictures with out individuals. Once I shoot, I’m constructing the navigation in my head and attempt to take pictures as if I used to be the person sporting a headset or utilizing a pc. If the world I’m capturing has an merchandise like a dentist chair, I’ll set the digicam up within the chair and shoot it like I used to be sitting within the chair. The ultimate product, the person will really feel like they’re sitting in a dental chair when choosing the chair in VR. This makes the digital actuality expertise enjoyable as a result of customers will get to work together with stuff different than simply navigating round rooms.

Importing – For importing, I choose to add a couple of pictures at a time, primarily based on the world I’m working in. For instance, in case you are growing a digital tour for a constructing that has a number of flooring, you wish to begin engaged on the primary flooring first, and solely add images from that flooring. When you add all the photographs for that constructing, it may very well be a problem determining what’s what!

Modifying – For enhancing, I take advantage of Adobe Photoshop CC. If the room is slightly darkish, I’ll lighten it up so it seems pure. If I see something unflattering or one thing I forgot to maneuver, Photoshop removes it simply. If I’m going to be utilizing images in my tour, I’ll compress them in Photoshop so it doesn’t take lengthy to load when the person accesses it in VR.

Time – For time, it varies on the dimensions of the constructing, area, and options. For a constructing with one flooring and a few rooms may very well be finished in a few hours or much less. The longest I’ve spent was a complete day engaged on a 3 story constructing. Typically, my schedule performs a task the place a 4 hour challenge might take a day primarily based on interruptions.

Folks – For individuals, no workforce or extra individuals required! Just one individual! That’s the great thing about the know-how InstaVR has developed!

Aviation School

Aerospace Expertise Heart tour consists of interactive hotspots

Hyperlink: https://www.uaptc.edu/vr/aerospace-technology-center

Increasing to showcasing facility leases, with subsequent step being 4K video showcasing cooking demonstrations for potential culinary college college students

Query: What’s your distribution plan in your initiatives?

Reply: We initially began out doing digital actuality excursions for our campus however because it has develop into a success, we now use it for facility leases. Since we began utilizing it for leases, prospects who rented the room favored how they bought to expertise a really feel of the room earlier than making a reservation. Gross sales have picked up since we switched from images to VR.



Query: What has been the suggestions to this point at UA-Pulaski Tech? Any success tales from utilizing VR particularly?

Reply: Everybody appears to take pleasure in having the ability to get a really feel of our completely different packages and labs we provide which has sparked curiosity in college students enrolling within the packages they navigated utilizing VR. I used to be informed by admissions, we had a customer who toured our culinary college who was so impressed with the power that he visited it in individual and plans to develop into a scholar. At occasions, many individuals are shocked after utilizing the VR as a result of they didn’t understand that we provided sure packages they noticed. For prime colleges, attending to go inside a digital huge rig or an plane has been thrilling as a result of most of the college students have stated they’d by no means been in a single so this turns into an amazing expertise for them.

The perfect suggestions was receiving nationwide recognition in a web based article associated to digital excursions on-line and seeing our school listed with different digital excursions such because the Library of Congress, UCLA, Georgetown College and out of your complete listing, our tour was described “essentially the most immersive digital tour on the listing.”

Query: Any recommendation for faculties contemplating using VR for advertising/outreach?

Reply: It’s enjoyable, its nice publicity and reasonably priced! Particularly, in case you’re on a decent price range. If you wish to take your recruitment to the subsequent degree, digital actuality is it!

Query: What are your plans going ahead? What new VR makes use of or initiatives do you could have deliberate?

Reply: Our subsequent wave is creating 4K digital actuality video! For college students keen on culinary, they might watch a cooking demonstration or in case you’re keen on welding, you possibly can go inside a welding store and get an expertise of what it’s like. Wherever the VR know-how goes, UA – Pulaski Tech goes to remain on prime so we will provide the most effective to future college students with the most recent know-how.

UAPTC Library

Parker simply publishes each an online & cellular model, plus affords non-compulsory VR headset use

Hyperlink: https://www.uaptc.edu/vr/library

Thanks to Lennon Parker for his time and perception! And don’t neglect to attend the joint UA-Pulaski Tech & InstaVR webinar on “VR in Increased Training” on June 12th, 3pm EST at https://be part of.me/instavrandrew

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