We’ve finished with the last of five sessions exploring a variety of 3D technology with Economics of Technology and Innovation! The students, most of whom had never experience VR, AR, 3D scanning, and 3D printing before, clearly enjoyed the sessions.

To get feedback, Research Librarian for Teaching and Learning Initiatives Alex Rihm and Educational Technologist Kyle Burnham created the following survey, which we handed out at the end of each session:

  1. How did experiencing the technology(ies) change your understanding? What did you gain from experiencing the technology that you would not have grasped otherwise?
  2. Do you foresee using this knowledge/understanding in the future, either in classes or professionally? If so, how?
  3. What could be done to improve this process/experience?

The feedback was positive, with students expecting they might use these technologies in the future, and feeling a greater familiarity with them and their applications. One student wrote, “It definitely helped me grasp how technology is rapidly bettering & could affect economies,” and another, “I can now talk about 3D printing and VR with more experience”. Universally, the students expressed that the realism of the experience in the VIVE was unexpected.

Professor of Economics Chris Georges was also pleased with these sessions—so much so that he scheduled the 10-student Posse he mentors to come in next Sunday and get the same session! This time we’ll have two student interns and rotate two groups of five participants through the technology.