Learning Virtual Reality

Group of people attending a virtual reality workshop in VR Lab in Waldo Library.Western Michigan University offers workshops and online tutorials to help you to discover the power of virtual reality and even start making your own VR content. There are no prerequisites for any workshop, although it is suggested that you start with the Unity tutorials available below. All workshops are held in the Virtual Reality Lab located on the lower level of Waldo Library. Registration is required for most workshops. 

Workshops Offered

Check back for dates for the following workshops:

Intro to VR

Get your first look at Virtual Reality and learn about the different types of VR content that are available. We will explore panoramic photographs, VR Video, non-interactive VR content, and fully interactive VR titles.

Creating VR in Unity

Learn how to start making your own virtual reality content using the Unity Game Engine. Attendees will learn how to navigate Unity's interface, create basic objects, enable Unity's VR capabilities, and add VR interactions with the Oculus Touch controllers. See the Unity links below for downloads and intro tutorials.

Creating Art in VR

Creating art is an amazing experience in Virtual Reality thanks to the many creative applications available. Get an introduction to sculpting in Oculus Medium and 3D painting in Oculus Quill.

Creating 3D Objects for VR

Virtual Reality isn’t very engaging without objects to interact with. Learn the basics of creating 3D models for use in Virtual Reality (and many other) applications.

VR: Nursing Simulation Presentation

Learn more about the Nursing Simulation by Kevin Abbott and the students in his VR Studio.

Virtual Reality Tutorials

Unity Unreal Engine BlendeR


get unity
Start Here - Interface Overview

Essential Unity Basics
     Game Objects and Components
     Scripts as Behavior Components
     Introduction to Lighting and Rendering

Using VR in Unity
Enabling VR - VR Overview

3D Modeling with ProBuilder
     Getting Started with ProBuilder for Unity
     Advanced Usage - Building Structures with Interior and Exterior
     Materials in ProBuilder - Texturing Part I
     UVs and Unwrapping - Texturing Part II

Unreal Engine

Get Unreal Engine
Start Here - Intro to Unreal Engine
Virtual Reality in Unreal Engine


Get Blender
Start Here - Intro to Blender