Virtual Tourism Fieldtrip gets international attention
A virtual reality-based teaching and research tool developed by Dr Christian Schott has enjoyed an international profile recently.
28 February 2017
'Sustainability Fieldtrip to Fiji', a virtual reality-based teaching and research tool developed by Dr Christian Schott, has featured on a United Nations-based blog and in a recently-released book showcasing examples of innovative sustainability programmes and initiatives at business schools around the world.
'Sustainability Fieldtrip to Fiji', a virtual reality-based teaching and research tool developed by Dr Christian Schott, has featured on a United Nations-based blog and in a book showcasing examples of innovative sustainability programmes and initiatives at leading universities, including those at Cambridge, Yale and Stanford.
Created with the support of Victoria's executive development programme adviser Maciu Raivoka, and Technobabble developer Alan Procter Thomson, the virtual fieldtrip is utilised by Dr Schott in his course on Sustainable Tourism Management.
Last November this digital immersion technology was featured on the United Nations-based PRiMEtime blog, which "shares best practices on how to mainstream sustainability and responsible leadership into management education globally".
In January, the project was featured as part of 100 examples of innovative sustainability programmes and initiatives at leading business schools around the world.
UN advisor and author Giselle Weybrecht included the virtual fieldtrip in her book The Future MBA: 100 ideas for making sustainability the business of business education.
The book's release has been complemented by a Future MBA website featuring innovative programmes and initiatives by 100 of the world's leading business schools over a 100 day period.
These projects are aligned with the relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to illustrate their contribution towards achieving the mission developed by the 194 UN member countries of Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Dr Schott, a senior lecturer in the School of Management, has also has conducted several research projects on the impact of the virtual fieldtrip and digital immersion technology more broadly on student enjoyment of learning and knowledge acquisition. He has recently been appointed to the role of Victoria Business School coordinator for the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education.