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Learn in a Virtual World

Virtual Reality means that the instructor and all students are virtually present in a private classroom at the Laval Virtual World. Our virtual classroom looks just like a physical seminar room. It features individual desks for students, a podium, plus multiple presentation screens. What's different is that your avatar is in the classroom on your behalf, while you are in the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world.

The classes are limited to a maximum of 15 participants in order to allow for one-on-one coaching during the hands-on exercises with BayesiaLab. This small-group format provides a productive yet informal learning environment that facilitates a lively dialogue between participants from a wide range of backgrounds.

Take a look at the following video snippets to get a sense of what our VR course looks and feels like.

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No More Squinting at Slides

You see and hear everything in the classroom. You have a perfectly clear view of the presentation screen, able to zoom in to see all details. So, there is no more tinkering with room lights and projector focus, and no one can obscure your view.

The same applies to acoustics. Your audio is perfect, and you can clearly hear what everyone says—even the guy in the far corner of the room with a really soft voice. Also, you can speak with individuals, address the whole class, or privately ask questions.

And, the technology requirements are straightforward. All you need is a computer with a headset and microphone. You won't even need a camera, as your customizable avatar is your public persona in our virtual world.

Also, you can share the screen of your local computer, so the instructor can "look over your shoulder" and coach you through the exercises with BayesiaLab.

90-Day License of BayesiaLab Professional Edition

In conjunction with the seminars, participants have access to an unrestricted 90-Day license of BayesiaLab Professional (the very latest release), so they can experiment with the full array of functions during and after the training.

During these 90 days, participants have access to the slides and videos recorded during the 3-day training sessions via the BayesiaLab's Media Center. 

Technical Requirements

To participate in the course using the VirBELA software and running BayesiaLab at the same time, you will need to be equipped and configured as follows:

  • Software
    • Windows 7 SP1 or later
    • Mac OS X 10.11 or later
    • Administrator rights to install software
  • Hardware
    • ​Intel Core i5 CPU or better
    • Graphics card with DX10+
    • 4 GB+ of RAM
    • 5 GB+ of available storage on SSD/HDD
    • Dedicated headset with attached microphone—using your laptop "speakerphone-style" may not guarantee echo-free audio.
    • We recommend using a large high-resolution display or a two-screen setup, e.g., laptop screen plus external display.
    • Using a mouse as a pointing device—as opposed to a touchpad—is highly recommended.
    • Broadband Internet connection
  • Subcategories:
  • Academic

    For full-time students and full-time researchers/teachers at accredited academic institutions only

  • Governmental and Non-Profit

    For members of the government, the military or non-profit organizations only