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Virtual Exchange Meets Virtual Reality


Technology allows us to connect communities we may otherwise never encounter, offering the ability to approach the world with greater empathy. Virtual exchanges and virtual reality provides the incredible opportunity to make the nightly news come alive.We’d like to showcase our collaboration with Nonny de la Peña’s lab at USC combining virtual reality with virtual exchange through a project entitled Reimagine: Syria. Students from Los Angeles were “dropped into” a virtual reality recreation to understand the realities of the Syrian crisis. GNG connected these students with Syrian refugee youth in Amman, Jordan. Participants will have the opportunity to be “immersed” in a simulation.

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  1. To investigate virtual reality and virtual exchange can play in fostering understanding, build empathy, and global citizenship
  2. To showcase the transformative nature of virtual reality, by being able to “walk in someone else’s shoes”.
  3. To explore how technology is opening the world, and connecting people who previously were unable to engage in live academic-based exchange.



Abby Finck, Engagement Coordinator, Global Nomads Group

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