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Liberty University brings virtual reality to the classroom

Digital art students are learning to develop characters in the virtual world

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty University students are experiencing virtual reality in the classroom.

Digital art students at Liberty take courses for 3D body scanning and 3D character animation. This week, they're learning to take the characters they've developed into the virtual world.

Professors say they are testing the subject for the first time and believe virtual reality needs to be incorporated in their curriculum. 

"This is the first time Caroline, a digital art student, has ever used this. And it shows you the difference in how a generation is brought up utilizing technology is able to come in and directly work and come in. It just shows you that skill set transfer. That's why it’s so important for us to work with it. That's just what they're used to,” Todd Smith, chair of the studio and digital arts department, said.