To create a 360 virtual environment, you can use:

    • Google Cardboard VR
    • YouTube 360 Video
    • H5P Virtual Tours

    Buy a viewer

    Google Cardboard is an afforable way to experience virtual reality by simply purchasing a viewer with built-in lenses and sliding in any smartphone to be immersed within a virtual world.

    Visit the Google Cardboard store

    Capture a 360 image with sound

    Download the Google Cardboard Camera app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store to capture a 360 panoramic image with sound on your smartphone.

    View the 360 image

    Simply slide your smartphone into the Google Cardboard to view the 360 virtual experience.

    Example VR experience with Google Cardboard

    Share the 360 image

    Share the 360 image you captured with students using the URL that is automatically generated through the Google Cardboard Camera app. Students will then be able to download the image onto their smartphone to view the VR experience through their own Google Cardboard using the app.

    Develop your own app

    You are also able to develop your own VR app for Google Cardboard. For more information, visit the Google VR Development page.

    Buy a 360 video camera

    In order to capture 360 video, you will need to purchase a video camera that records 360 footage. For camera ideas, refer to Budget Report's article on the Best Cheap 360 Cameras.

    Record 360 video

    Once you have purchased a 360 video camera, start recording!

    View examples of 360 video footage

    Upload a 360 video to YouTube

    Once you have recorded 360 footage, you then need to upload the video to a platform, such as YouTube, that supports 360 video. To upload and publish your 360 video to YouTube, refer to the Upload 360-degree videos guide by YouTube.

    Example of a 360 YouTube video:

    Capture a 360 panorama

    Panoramic images look the most realistic and seamless in a 360 environment. You can capture a 360 panorama using most smartphones cameras. While panoramic images are recommended for your virtual tour background, you are able to use any image you like, however you may see a line where the left and right sides of a normal image are joined. 

    View examples of panoramic images

    Create a 360 Virtual Tour in H5P

    The H5P Virtual Tour (360) content type allows users to add quiz questions, text, audio, images and videos within a 360 environment using only a web browser.

    Note: H5P is being piloted by learning designers across UQ during 2019. It is planned to make the tool more widely available in 2020.

    1. To get started with H5P, refer to the Access and create an H5P Object guide.
    2. To create a Virtual Tour in H5P using your chosen background image, refer to the Virtual Tour (360) guide by H5P.
    3. To link or embed a Virtual Tour within your Learn.UQ course, refer to the Embed an H5P Object in a Learn.UQ course or Link a H5P Object in a Learn.UQ course guides.

    Example of a 360 Virtual Tour in H5P: