Three engineering classes utilize mixed reality to bring course concepts to life

It’s not everyday you walk into a classroom and see students using mixed-reality headsets to learn new concepts. Last semester, three classes in Case School of Engineering incorporated the HoloLens technology into their lesson plans, allowing students to learn in a new, highly visual and interactive way. 

Michael Hore, associate professor of macromolecular science and engineering, used HoloLens for to teach EMAC 351: Physical Chemistry for Engineering; Alp Sehirlioglu, associate professor of materials science and engineering used it for EMSE 328: Multiscale Structural Control of Functional Materials; and Laura Bruckman, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering used it for DSCI (Applied Data Science) 354: Data Visualization and Analytics.

Hore, Sehirlioglu and Bruckman are each members of the 2022 Interactive Commons Fellows Cohort, which is working to ensure all CWRU students have access to mixed reality by 2030. The cohort has become fluent in the application and best practices of mixed reality as a teaching tool with support from the Interactive Commons and the Interactive Commons (IC) Fellows program. The IC Fellows program is generously supported by the Office of the Provost and the Think Big strategic plan.

These faculty members weighed in on how they leveraged this technology to help students see course content from a new perspective.