OU Law Students Use Virtual Reality to Deepen Human Rights Understanding

December 21, 2016 | By Mackenzie Dilbeck, Director of Communications
As the semester came to a close, students in Professor Evelyn Aswad’s Human Rights Law class gathered in the OU Law Library and took turns before and after her class viewing a virtual reality film titled Clouds Over Sidra. This film is about day to day life in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.
“Reading about historic and contemporary human rights situations is extremely important for international lawyers but watching a virtual reality film makes you feel you are actually in a particular human rights situation,“ said Aswad. “This technology has the potential to greatly deepen understandings of and responses to contemporary humanitarian crises. Thanks to Professors Fox and Brice, our students are at the forefront of experiencing in an unprecedented way such global issues of our time.” 
The Inasmuch Foundation Collaborative Learning Center in the OU Law Library features two virtual reality stations. As part of OU Law’s Digital Initiative, the College of Law is exploring how virtual reality and 360 degree video can be used to train lawyers in evidence demonstration, crime scene investigations, real world negotiations, court room presentations, and in international settings.

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