Student Kylie March talks with President Barron about a littleBits invention she created for her English class.

President Barron visits Dreamery

Oct 4, 2018

President Eric Barron learned more about how staff members collaborate in the development of advanced learning spaces during a recent visit to the Dreamery in Shields Building.

The Dreamery, which opened in late 2016, offers students and faculty hands-on exposure to a number of technologies, including virtual reality and 360-degree video.

During the visit, Dr. Alex Klippel, professor of geography, demonstrated how he uses VR to take students on a field trip without them having to leave their classroom. Barron experienced 360-degree video, a technology students can use to view as well as create immersive videos that help viewers experience a deeper connection with what they are learning.

Other technologies demonstrated during the visit include 3-D printing, the Beam robot and littleBits prototyping.

Barron visited the space at the request of University Staff Advisory Council (USAC) to see the impact staff members have in creating spaces that help to advance the University’s teaching mission.

For a gallery of photos from the visit, please see