Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic and White Rabbit VR explore virtual reality training

The Schools of Construction and Transportation are exploring the possibility of using virtual reality for training   

November 20, 2018 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic is partnering with White Rabbit VR (a division of Twisted Pair Productions) to explore virtual reality (VR) training opportunities for the Schools of Construction and Transportation. Both parties recently signed a memorandum of understanding to explore a virtual reality training pilot program.

“Using virtual reality is a great way to immerse students in course content. This technology allows students to access VR training materials from a classroom, office or home,” says Paul Carter, dean for the Schools of Construction and Transportation. “Through this exploration project we are looking at opportunities to create powerful and engaging immersive educational experiences for our students.”

Over the next two months Sask Polytech and White Rabbit VR will work together to assess costs and the scope of using virtual reality for existing courses.

“Virtual reality training is becoming increasingly common in companies and organizations all over the world. But what we are working on with the Schools of Construction and Transportation is something really quite different. We are looking to push the boundaries of VR training to take advantage, not just of the VR technology of today but the VR of tomorrow,” said Mike MacNaughton, president of Twisted Pair Productions.

This collaboration between faculty and virtual reality professionals is an exciting opportunity to create exceptional training materials for students and industry alike. White Rabbit VR has the virtual reality experience and technology, while Sask Polytech faculty have the training expertise to bring this project to life.

About Saskatchewan Polytechnic: Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student needs, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

About Twisted Pair Productions: White Rabbit VR is a division of Twisted Pair, a full service media production company. From high end audio and video production to mobile app and interactive development, Twisted Pair has a strong team of professionals who work every day to push the limits of production, quality and innovation. The company uses leading edge technologies to bring clients' work to the world and the world's resources to clients.