What to do when your rotations are complete?
Once you’ve completed your rotations, take some time to reflect on all of your experiences. Think about which labs, if any, you can see yourself being excited to work in and having a successful graduate career. It is also typical to schedule additional meetings with rotation PIs to learn more about what projects they see as potential foundations for thesis work. If you’re still undecided after this, speaking with the program heads or other mentors about the decision can be helpful. A fourth rotation is also possible if needed to find a good fit – in this case, please consult with a program head.
The project of virtually interpreting a simulation on the scope and scale of Hadrian’s Villa was a daunting one – engaging layers of scholarly, technical and pedagogical challenges. The technical challenges were many – foremost to leverage the game engine of Unity 3D to become an effective multi-user avatar-based virtual world. An important factor was to create an environment that was straightforward and accessible via standard web browsers on both Mac and Windows and selected Unity 3D as the starting point for developing the platorm. We required specific back-end administration tools to handle the accounts and server side aspects of the project – for this we relied on Smart Fox Server as it manages Unity 3D quite well. Our team took an approach that bridged and integrated disparate technologies, creating a robust virtual world platform to immersively augment both instructional and PBL processes. VW features available to the learning community included text based communication, a live map showing current visitor positions, map based teleportation, managed voice channel, user selected avatar gestures, online users, paradata, photographs of the extant site, plan views, and integrated web links.