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Learning With AR/VR

Register Now - Virtual Week

Join us September 28-October 2 for this five-day event that explores each Big Idea while showcasing alumni, industry partners, faculty, and students. Each day, discover a different Big Idea that highlights Texas State's capabilities in research happening at the university. View the video to learn more.

Click the buttons below to register and learn more about the Big Ideas Virtual Week. 

Interact Changing the Way We Learn With Deliberate Practice

New virtual approaches can be applied to improve learning outcomes for law enforcement, health care, engineering, aerospace, sports science, and more.
Student wearing virtual reality equipment.

Learning in a Virtual World

Augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) technology can lower costs and improve results by leveraging interactive 3D experiences. Because almost any situation can be made virtual, new models can be applied across industries. Watch the video to learn more.

Research in Action

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Learning With Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality

Since 2013, the advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center has been the FBI's national standard for active-attack response training. Now a Big Ideas group is testing whether virtual reality (VR) is as effective in learning in other real-life scenarios. The results may shape the future of our world for law enforcement but also in fields such as health care, engineering, aerospace, education, and sports medicine - and the futures of Texas State students who will be leaders in implementing these new technologies in the workforce.

X-Reality Research at TXST

Team members come from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Social Work and Communication Design departments. The research is experimenting with how the virtual and physical worlds can be connected. They are finding ways to integrate augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) with the Internet of Things (IoT) to create a four-dimensional user experience.

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Podcast Join the Conversation

Dr. Pete Blair, director of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center, discusses AR/VR technologies for law enforcement.
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Funding Opportunities


  • Support undergraduate scholarships to help Texas State recruit and retain high-achieving students who can engage in research with faculty
  • Endow graduate fellowships to fund student research with faculty


  • Provide seed funding to support interdisciplinary teams to pursue new learning opportunities
  • Invest in faculty fellowship to fund industry specific research grants
  • Fund an endowed chair to support departmental leadership in the future of teaching and research


  • Endow the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Program Fund to provide flexible resources to implement and sustain this initiative
  • Naming opportunities are available

For More Information

To learn more about Big Ideas, please contact Dr. Dan Perry in the Office of Development at or call 512.245.4055.