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By using its Immersion Room, the University of Adelaide has been able to:

Provide simulations of patients for students to get hands-on experience


Offer remote learning with virtual seminars held in the Immersion Room


Deliver higher levels of engagement with students with a new, innovative technology

The product

The Igloo-powered Immersion Room offers a range of benefits. It can fit large groups of students -- and crucially, be used for remote teaching too. By being able to capture and play 360° film from anywhere, students can be transported to faraway healthcare facilities. Or, they can follow a medical procedure from the patient giving consent to the follow-up in the 360° environment. Furthermore, immersive experiences offer possibilities for empathy-building, such as a dementia experience following the journey of patients dealing with the condition.

The result

The University of Adelaide’s first use of its Immersion Room came with dealing with COVID-19. Thanks to Igloo’s compatibility with Zoom, it was able to create a virtual classroom environment. The staff could show medical procedures on a mannequin. Around them, the 360° screen was split into multiple windows for presentations, live polls, and a montage of the students’ faces life-sized. As a result, everyone could get a real sense of presence and interaction.


“In summary, we’re incredibly happy with the investment. It’s an emerging technology and we’re happy to be on that learning curve. Our students are enjoying it, our academics are excited by it. We’re also hoping we can collaborate with other universities and other users of the Igloo system to learn what they’ve done, and share the ideas we have.”

Associate Professor Adam Montagu
Director of Adelaide Health Simulation, The University of Adelaide

"I have been using the Immersion Room for teaching and have found it to be an excellent way of teaching. What I especially love is that we can change scenes quite rapidly, which we can't do ordinarily. So this has been a way to condense a lot of the learning content. Students are loving it, we're loving it!"

Kerrie Stockley
Simulation Coordinator, The University of Adelaide

"I feel like the Immersion Room gives them more of a sense of real life, of what that [medical] environment would actually feel like, with people who are in life form, moving around you, talking around you. It gives you the feeling of being in that moment at the time, that's something the students can now experience prior to going on placements or graduating."

Andrea Hellmanns
Simulation Coordinator, The University of Adelaide