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The latest news about VictoryXR – the company, our partners, and developments in VR and AR technology.

Jim Chaffee, Assistant Dean Information Technology and Facilities. Photo taken for Tippie Wall web profile Fall 2012.

January 25, 2024 • Innovation Iowa

Guest opinion: Tippie embraces virtual reality in business education

Virtual reality is changing the world and changing business, two points driven home when I participated in a virtual roundtable in December with Facebook’s technology boss and leading global technology thinker Sir Nick Clegg.

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January 17, 2024 • NEXTpittsburgh

Karen Alexander is bringing the XR revolution to Pittsburgh

Alexander is a specialist in the field of XR (extended reality), an acronym encompassing a trio of other acronyms — VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality), MR (mixed reality) — that describe new forms of immersive technology enabling real-time interaction between physical and digital space.

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VR K-12 User

December 14, 2023 • UC Riverside News

Bringing virtual reality to nuclear and particle physics

Virtual reality, or VR, is not just for fun-filled video games and other visual entertainment. This technology, involving a computer-generated environment with objects that seem real, has found many scientific and educational applications as well.

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HTC Vive Focus 3 Testing in Space

November 2, 2023 • The Verge

HTC’s Vive Focus 3 has a new, far-out mission: astronaut mental health

HTC is going to space. The company announced today that on a planned November 7th NASA resupply launch, a tweaked, microgravity-friendly version of its Vive Focus 3 VR headset will be sent to the International Space Station. Once it’s there, Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen will test the Focus 3’s viability for helping alleviate the mental stress that NASA says comes from the “lack of privacy, high and variable workloads, and separation from loved ones” inherent to work in space.

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October 24, 2023 • NMSU

NMSU immersive teaching technologies attract Meta’s attention

New Mexico State University’s Global Campus has been hugely successful at attracting students due to its innovative learning technologies, such as virtual reality and microcredentialing courses. And it’s now attracting the attention of Meta Platforms, Inc., best known as the technology company responsible for Facebook and Instagram.

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September 12, 2023 • Meta

Metaverse Technologies Are Creating New Opportunities for Teachers to Inspire Students

Digital technologies have transformed so many areas of education in recent decades. From pocket calculators to laptops, tablets, and the video conferencing tools that helped learning shift online during the pandemic, technology plays a crucial role in how people teach and learn. Metaverse technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) promise to create new ways for teachers to inspire students. In fact, they’re already being used to do just that.

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August 10, 2023 • CSRA News

Williston-Elko High will welcome VR headsets to the classroom in September

Williston-Elko High School welcomed students back Monday morning.

But in just a few weeks, students will be able to use virtual reality headsets in the classroom for the first time.

The school is one out of 30 across the Palmetto state to receive the headsets from the online learning company, VictoryXR.

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August 3, 2023 • Forbes

5 Reasons To Still Care About The Metaverse

The metaverse is arguably the next generation of the internet, forever altering how we experience life online. Don’t believe me? Think the metaverse is somewhat overrated? Or perhaps you’re bored of the hype. Allow me to convince you of the importance of the metaverse.

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July 28, 2023 • UMGC

Immersive Learning at UMGC July 2023

The idea of teaching a Crime Scene Investigation course in virtual reality was exciting to me because it can bring the topic to life and allow the student to process a scene in 3D. Exploring a scene, collecting evidence and processing it allows students to understand the complexities of crime scenes which is impossible in a traditional course.

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July 11, 2023 • iHeartRadio

The Power of Public-Private Partnerships in Shaping Education

Education has a dual challenge of not only keeping up with the scores of information and knowledge developed every day, it must also keep up with the changing ways we learn and consume content. Education is also too valuable of a tool to be isolated to the financially or geographically fortunate.  Connected technologies, paired with 5G, are helping educators meet these challenges and offer students an opportunity for economic and social mobility.

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Morehouse Microbiology in VR 2021

July 11, 2023 • Inside Higher Ed

‘Metaversities’ Face Virtual Learning’s Financial Realities

It’s not as pricey as it sounds: visiting Egypt, blasting off for Mars, traveling in time, rebuilding an entire college campus. When it all happens in the virtual realms of the metaverse, almost anything is possible to support new and innovative learning experiences.

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Group of Students at Morehouse College virtual reality Digital Twin Metaversity

June 27, 2023 • CNN

Could the ‘Metaversity’ be the college campus of the future?

When Muhsinah Morris stepped onto the central quad of the Morehouse College campus in Atlanta, Georgia, she cried.

“We hadn’t been on campus for almost a year,” she recalls. “It was amazing. You hear the birds chirping and everything.”

It was 2021, and Morehouse, like many other schools and universities during the Covid-19 pandemic, had been closed since lockdowns began in March 2020.

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Virtual Reality K-12 Curriculum Video

June 14, 2023 • CNN

How we'll learn in 2050

The classrooms of the future will feature AI chatbots, “metaversities,” and smart robots. CNN meets the innovators, educators and inventors bringing these new technologies to the next generation.

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June 13, 2023 • auburnpub.com

Are 'metaversities' the college campus of the future?

At Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Muhsinah Morris has been teaching classes in a custom-built virtual replica of her chemistry lab and says she has seen positive impacts.

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University of Iowa HERKY Virtual Reality Digital Twin Metaversity

April 19, 2023 • The Daily Iowan

UI alumnus, CEO of VictoryXR Steven Grubbs reflects on his time at the university

University of Iowa graduate Steven Grubbs has bought his childhood school, passed bills as an Iowa House representative, and most recently started his very own company, VictoryXR, which recently modeled the Tippie College of Business in virtual reality.

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Students gathering at University of Iowa Virtual Reality Digital Twin Metaversity Drone Image

April 6, 2023 • KCRG

The University of Iowa Welcomes Students into the Metaverse

The University of Iowa and VictoryXR, a Davenport-based company that focuses on virtual reality and augmented reality educational products, held a ribbon cutting ceremony today for UI’s new virtual campus, and then gave a tour, which was streamed on Facebook. The CEO of VictoryXR, along with school leaders, attended via avatar.

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April 6, 2023 • Iowa's News Now

UI launches 'Metaversity', first Big Ten school to have twin digital replica campus

The University of Iowa held a ribbon cutting on the Pentacrest Thursday. Or at least on a digital copy of the Pentacrest. The university launched its ‘Metaversity’ which is a digital twin replica of campus, all in the Metaverse. It is a partnership between the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business and Davenport-based tech company VictoryXR.

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April 6, 2023 • Radio Iowa

University of Iowa unveils digital twin campus

University of Iowa officials will cut a virtual ribbon during an online ceremony this afternoon to open what’s known as a digital twin replica campus. The so-called “metaversity” will be used for online learning as well as campus labs for residential students.

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LMU Bluff Virtual Reality Digital Twin Metaversity

March 14, 2023 • Loyola Marymount University

LMU Joins the Metaversity System

Taking a 21st century approach to education on the bluff, Loyola Marymount University has been selected among the second cohort of higher education institutions to join the metaversity system and offer a virtual reality experience of classes.

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March 13, 2023 • Forbes

Will 2023 Be the Year of the Metaversity?

It’s become abundantly clear that the metaverse is a longer way off than those who renamed their companies as if it were just around the corner, had initially assumed. Though it is forecast to be worth $1 Tr by the end of this decade, what and how exactly the metaverse will come to fruition is still open to question.

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March 2, 2023 • The Pie Review

The Metaverse and Edtech - The Sector's Future

Virtual reality, the metaverse, augmented reality. Sophie Hogan looks at the likely Edtech developments in this space in the years ahead.

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Morehouse College students learning in a VictoryXR Academy VR experience together

February 27, 2023 • NBC News

Morehouse College class teaches Black History using the metaverse

As the end of Black History month approaches, NBC’s Zinhle Essamuah has the story of how Morehouse College is now utilizing virtual reality to immerse students in past moments, allowing them to learn about Black history through the metaverse. 

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St. Ambrose University students doing a classroom activity in Virtual Reality Meta Quest 2 Headsets

February 20, 2023 • OurQuadCities

St. Ambrose creates new 'metaversity'

St. Ambrose University Environmental Ethics students stood in the middle of a thundering herd of migrating bison last week — kind of.

In a virtual field trip, students roamed the prairies, finding populations of wolves, elk, deer, and birds, and even helped a fire ecologist with a prescribed prairie burn, in a new form of learning, the “metaversity.”

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January 30, 2023 • Higher Education Digest

AI, the Metaverse, and the Classroom: the Collision Arrives

Steve Grubbs is the CEO of VictoryXR and a pioneer in the world of AR & VR education. Steve is the son of a school teacher and formerly served as chair of the House Education Committee in the Iowa Legislature, where he authored the state’s first school technology funding bill. 

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College of Coastal Georgia Sticker on Meta Quest 2 VR Headset

January 30, 2022 • College of Coastal Georgia

College Explores Education in the Metaverse

Imagine being transported to Mars for an astronomy class, or exploring the hulls of the sunken Titanic to see how different aquatic life call it home. Education knows no bounds, and that is why a team of faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the College of Coastal Georgia—known as XR Education and Innovation Labs—is working to create innovative teaching and learning experiences in extended reality. XR Education and Innovations Labs (XREIL) is a cutting-edge development group that creates engaging and immersive educational experiences.

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January 16, 2023 • XR Today

Top 7 Education Applications to Explore in 2023

Virtual Reality (VR) is quickly becoming a mainstream technology, not just for consumers, but businesses and educational facilities too. In recent years, as devices and software in the VR space have grown more accessible, we’ve begun to discover a host of effective use cases for immersive experiences.

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January 12, 2023 • EdTech

What Is a Metaversity, and Should You Create One on Your Campus?

Advances in virtual and augmented reality have made it possible to create digital twins of universities. Here’s what to consider before building one.

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The Unconventional Awards

When it comes to business success, a little creativity can go a long way. Innovative thinking and outside-the-box strategies can supercharge an organization by fueling growth, disrupting the status quo and winning the minds of employees and customers. T-Mobile for Business celebrates these creative approaches to solving problems and embracing opportunity with its 2022 Unconventional Awards.

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Immersive Learning at UMGC January 2023

This newsletter provides updates about the new Immersive Learning innovations at UMGC. The team will be sharing updates from the pilot courses as well as developments of the metaversity.

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November 28, 2022 • NBC News

Morehouse College class will teach Black history in the metaverse

Students have toured the Underground Railroad, a slave ship and other artifacts using virtual reality technology.

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November 17, 2022 • KU Medical Center

KU School of Nursing launches “Metaversity” offering virtual, immersive learning

The school’s new digital twin campus promises to change the way KU nursing students learn and eventually how many can be taught.

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November 14, 2022 • T-Mobile

Blazing the XR Trail with 5G

Extended Reality (XR) is a major buzzword in tech today, with promises that it will transform the way we communicate and interact with the world around us. While that sounds futuristic and forward-looking, I can tell you it’s all very real … and innovation happening on our network right now is beginning to deliver on those promises.

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November 12, 2022 • BET

Morehouse College Becomes First College To Offer Classes In The Metaverse

Morehouse College is adding to its dynamic curriculum by offering classes in the metaverse.

According to WSB-TV, the Atlanta-based, all-men HBCU is the first college to extend their learning experience to the virtual world. The metaverse is a three-dimensional digital world.

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November 7, 2022 • WSB-TV

Morehouse College leads the way in education in the metaverse

One of Atlanta’s historically Black colleges is turning things around when it comes to learning in the metaverse.

The metaverse is a computerized, three-dimensional, virtual world. If you’re studying the solar system, you can go to Mars. If you’re studying U.S. history, you can go back in time to the American Revolution or the Underground Railroad.

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November 3, 2023 • Modul University

Europe's first 'Metaversity'

As the first university in Europe, Modul University Vienna announces its collaboration with metaverse education provider VictoryXR. Through the joint collaboration, modern technologies such as augmented and virtual reality are to be integrated into everyday study in the future, thus creating the first metaversity in Europe: a university that is recreated as a digital twin using virtual reality in the metaverse.

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October 24, 2022 • UMGC


Did you know you can get a time machine, a shrinking machine, and a replicator all in one device? Using a headset that is less than 20 square inches and weighs slightly more than a pound, you can take a trip to Angel Falls in Venezuela, inspect the left ventricle of a human heart, or make a Tyrannosaurus Rex appear out of thin air. Such is the magic of virtual reality.

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October 20, 2022 • Federation of Awarding Bodies

Gen Z & The Future of Learning in The Metaverse

I was born in the analogue era. On demand had not been invented yet. The metaverse was an alien world. Only three or four linear TV channels existed in the UK. And calling your girlfriend meant agreeing, at least in those days, exactly when you’d be waiting by the shared house telephone to talk to one another.

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October 15, 2022 • University.co.uk

Passive vs Active Learning: The Cadaver Conundrum

The American school system, like most schools around the world, has a major issue with its STEM (Science-Technology-Education-Math) education. A recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 52 percent of adults believe the main reason that young people do not pursue STEM…

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Students at Loyola Law School taking a law course in the metaverse together

October 5, 2022 • KTLA

Law school course looks at rules in the Metaverse

Students at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles are taking a brand-new course this year: Law in the Metaverse!

The course looks at everything from cryptocurrency to smart contracts and how real-life rules will work in the virtual world.

While you’ve heard of the metaverse, you’re probably still wondering what it is.

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October 4, 2022 • The Collegian

SDSU readies for ‘metaversity’ through virtual classes, campus

SDSU’s metaverse classrooms are online this semester as professors explore a new frontier of education: virtual reality.

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September 26, 2022 • TyN

Meta’s next big bet: The ‘metaversity’

During her inorganic chemistry class at Morehouse College in the spring of 2021, Dr. Muhsinah Morris launched a little experiment.

She had spent more than two decades working in higher education, but the COVID-19 crisis had forced teachers to find entirely new ways to integrate technology into the classroom. So, for the spring semester, she decided to try something entirely new to reinvigorate her class after a challenging year: She taught her course in the metaverse.

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September 22, 2022 • The Daily Iowan

Opinion | Colleges should invest in virtual reality

More universities and school systems should follow the University of Iowa and invest in virtual reality. Virtual reality provides a unique experience for students. Within a simulated 3-dimensional model lab room, students can pick up and move digital materials as they would in real time.

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September 3, 2022 • Forbes

Metaversity Is In Session As Meta And Iowa’s VictoryXR Open 10 Virtual Campuses

After two years of Zoom classes, colleges are warming to the idea of holding classes in the metaverse. With $150 million invested, Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta is leading the charge.

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Excited young woman having virtual reality experience in neon light

August 26, 2022 • Best Colleges

The Dawning Age of the Metaversity

Online learning got a bad rap during the pandemic, but the metaverse offers an enticing way to engage students and faculty alike.

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Woman wearing HTC Vive Focus 3 Virtual Reality Headset

May 6, 2022 • Government Technology

What is the Metaverse's Future in K-12 and Higher Ed?

Virtual and augmented reality tools are gaining traction in both K-12 and higher-ed institutions, but experts say more planning and collaboration are needed to make the content practical and useful.

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