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Deakin University


Victoria, Australia




Custom 9.7-metre cylinder

Deakin University : Deakin Imaginarium

One of the big appeals (if not the biggest) of Igloo Shared VR is the ability to take an immersive experience and share it among a group. You get to engage with not just the content, and your own reaction to it, but you can respond to the reactions of everyone else in the group too, creating a communal experience.

For Deakin University, this was just one reason why it came to Igloo Vision to help create a new innovative precinct, comprising a Think Tank for critical discussions, an editing suite, and the Deakin Imaginarium - a high-specification, custom 9.7-metre Igloo cylinder.

Based in Victoria, Australia, Deakin University prides itself on over 40 years of experience as one of Australia’s leading tertiary education providers, its numerous awards, and the 60,000+ students it teaches each year. Its Faculty of Arts and Education is dedicated to being at the forefront of teaching, learning, creating, social development and fostering cutting-edge research and discovery.

In late 2019, the Faculty embarked on a project to renovate its Geelong Waurn Ponds campus, with a view to creating a resource for the Faculty, the wider university, and the Geelong community. The Faculty wanted to integrate immersive technology, without the limitations of VR headsets - and chose Igloo Vision.

We consulted with the Faculty on an extension to an existing building that would house the new precinct, applying the circle design of the Igloo cylinder to a circular Think Tank and semi-circular editing suite.

The Deakin Imaginarium is intended for use across a wide range of courses in the Faculty, including Journalism courses, Criminology, and to give trainee teachers experience of classrooms, before they head out into the professional world. And, it can also be used across the wider University by teachers in the Healthcare and Science and Engineering Schools.

The Igloo cylinder itself is highly-specced, equipped with:

  • seven Epson laser projectors with ultra-short-throw lenses, and cinema-grade audio
  • a custom Igloo Lectern accessory
  • a video conferencing system consisting of three PTZ cameras, a wide-angle 180° camera, two wireless microphones and two studio-grade LED lighting panels

For a deeper dive into the details, you can check out the full case study.

Deakin University's Matthew McDonough and Damian Blake tell us about the installation.

Igloo's James Sheridan gives us a 360° look at the installation.

“So the tools that are provided by Igloo have been really easy for us to use, Google Street View has been an amazing one. In some of the subjects, our staff have been taking students on a journey to different places in the world, to get an experience of their culture and their society and their learning. There’s so much that’s applicable to what we teach here at the University.”

Matthew McDonough
General Manager of Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University

“The immersive environment like the one we have here is brilliant because we can put the students in the same room, they can look around, freeze the frames, see things they didn’t see before, see things that are hidden in plain sight, and that’s when they start to learn.”

Damian Blake
Head of School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University