Allow access only to the classrooms and common spaces you designate for the tour. During the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual visits to schools and universities increased significantly. There are even companies that are dedicated to making virtual visits to universities. Two of the most popular companies are CampusTours and YouVisit, which offer tours of more than 2500 campus experiences.
Virtual tours offer experiences for those who don't have access to visit campuses in person. During this interactive virtual tour, students meet Amazon engineers who explain concepts such as algorithms and machine learning. Discovery Education organizes a variety of virtual events, each with a complementary guide with practical learning activities. Return to the 17th century with free, on-demand digital resource options or a 1-hour live virtual school program led by an educator from the Plimoth Patuxet Contemporary Indigenous Museum.
The users of these virtual tours wanted an experience guided and led by experts, not an authoritative audio narrative, but detailed details revealed upon request. While video games have dramatically progressed since then, virtual tours are still stuck in a very similar paradigm of interaction. The State of Boise organized this fully interactive virtual tour with text, photos, audio and video on the history of music. This approach worked well for tours that only had one 360-degree image per room; however, for virtual tours that offer relatively free mobility within space, it would be very unwise to have so many arrows labeled.
This virtual tour also includes interviews with experts in the field and an interactive challenge. In fact, in many of the test sessions, users did not interact with the virtual tours until later in their visit to the site or when the study facilitator directly instructed them to open the visit. Degree applicants should also remember that, when evaluating a university's virtual visit, they must also consider its accessibility and values. According to Kenneth Shiotani, senior counsel for the National Network on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, universities must have ADA-compliant websites, including virtual tours.
Virtual tours can make an institution's admissions process significantly more accessible and increase potential student interest. Virtually visit Turn Back the Clock, a museum exhibition that ran for two years at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. People who virtually visit museums and cultural institutions want to learn about what they're seeing and why it's important. This desire to receive credible and expert guidance was present in all types of virtual visits.
People wanted someone with experience to share key details about the house, the place, the works of art, or the national park, rather than exploring them on their own. The measurement tools made the user touch a series of points in virtual space to measure the distance between them; however, to obtain accurate measurements, users had to touch very precisely, a feat that was almost impossible on a mobile device and still very difficult on a desktop computer with a mouse.