Immersive Culture: Sharing Traditional Knowledge with ‘Torres Strait Virtual Reality’

The Lab
Level 2 of the Digital Studio
West Wing of Arts West
(access via the rear lift)

Map

Part of the Indigenous Australia and Digital Futures seminars series

Rhett Loban
Macquarie University

Torres Strait Virtual Reality (TSVR) is a new way of learning and depicting a First Nation person's experience. It provides access and insight into elements of Torres Strait culture, stories, and practices. This seminar will examine the ways that with digital media like TSVR, educators can take advantage of the enjoyment of video games held by our younger generations of adults and children to make learning a much more interesting journey.

TSVR has also been an endeavour to help promote Torres Strait Islander culture to a wider audience and highlight their unique culture, traditions and history. The game was provided as a teaching material at the University of New South Wales for several different courses, engaging both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to share our perspective and knowledge, as well as fostering an understanding of cultural diversity.

Rhett Loban is an Associate Lecturer at Macquarie University and PhD student at the UNSW. He is interested in game-based learning and virtual reality. He was recently awarded the CSIRO Indigenous Professional Career Achievement Award for his work on Torres Strait Virtual Reality and vision for new ways of learning.

Images: 'Baidam the Shark', screenshot from Torres Strait Virtual Reality. Source: Rhett Loban / Headshot photographer: Karl Schwerdtfeger