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UITS RT - teaching students, enabling student success

A partnership with the SoIC provides unique courses for students at IU.

The Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) partnered with the IU School of Informatics and Computing (SOIC) to provide a unique course on visualization. The AVL’s course focused on the basics of virtual reality. Students learned how to create their own virtual reality applications which could be experienced on displays ranging from Smartphone viewers, large tiled display systems and an Oculus Rift head-mounted-display. Students used the stereoscopic tiled wall at the Scholars' Commons in the Wells Library, an Oculus Rift, and "Google Cardboard" (provided by Google Inc.) for project development.

The Science Gateways group also partnered with the IU SOIC to provide a specialized course on science gateway architecture. In this course, the students formed development teams, and each team built a science gateway software as a service system from scratch. Students learned DevOps principles for deploying robust cloud services. Students were also introduced to the Apache Software Foundation’s open community governance principles for open source software and will learn how to effectively interact with Apache Software Foundation projects in order to become committers and project management committee members.

Caption 1:  Students and an instructor using the stereoscopic tiled wall during a project demonstration.

Caption 2:  Students using Jetstream in a team project demonstration.