Mobile Moguls

About the Project

Our project is an immersive virtual reality tour of JMU. The purpose of our tour is for students who live far away from JMU to be able to experience campus. Students from other countries and far away states will be able to get a feel for our campus without actually visiting. Our virtual reality tour runs on the Oculus Go, a mobile VR headset that does not require a computer to run. It is easy for staff working in Admissions and the Office of Global Engagement to take our tour with them on their travels. Our tour showcases different parts of JMU academics and daily life with a wide variety of 360 videos and photos. The user navigates through the tour using a handheld controller. The user can see and hear a complete 360 experience while using the headset.

Meet the Team

Jack Packard

Jack Packard

Finance, Sophomore

Jeffrey Banghart

Jeffrey Banghart

Computer Science, Junior

Nicole Wishard

Nicole Wishard

Media Arts & Design, Junior

Zack Allen

Zack Allen

Computer Science, Senior

The Process

The Impact

The primary goal of our project is to help the Office of Global Engagement recruit students internationally. Our group was approached by the Office of Global engagement with the idea for the project. They wanted a way to better show our campus to students across the globe. They say a picture is worth 1000 words, which means a fully immersive video is worth so much more for showing what JMU is about. Being able to put a prospective student inside of active classrooms in lab will give JMU an edge in recruiting top students from around the globe. The office of global engagement wanted content that showcases the nature around Harrisonburg. A different content focus is needed to showcase the school to students from different cultures. We needed to film new content to fit our needs and enhance the current tour. The existing VR tour in Madison hall is a great tool, but transporting the full setup on a plane is impractical. Our project is super portable; the headset and controller can fit in a small bag or backpack. Our team produced a fully functioning first version of the VR mobile tour on the Oculus Go. Our tour includes content showing dining halls, dorms, classrooms, sporting events, and the natural environment around Harrisonburg.