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True Worship Part II: FALSE WORSHIP

first_imgThe thrust of this second article of the series on the impact of true worship on all of life is on the contrast of true worship—false or empty worship. Just as there is genuine, vibrant worship there is also false worship. What is it? What is the main characteristic or indicator of false worship? False worship is disconnected from day to day living and from morality. Let us explore in brief below. The introductory article noted the following salient points:Worship is an ancient as well as current practice all over the worship. It did and still occurs all over the world. Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Shinto, Zoroastrians, traditional religionists worship God or gods in one form or the other. What is the difference between worship and liturgy?The word worship comes from two distinct words: worth and ship and means to assign worth to something or someone. It began as a secular word and meant assigning worth or value to certain persons deemed to be worthy in the eyes of society. A record of burials 1598 reads: “In this cloister were buried many persons, some of worship and others of honor”. “Worship” refers to those with many worldly possessions and “honor” to those of noble birth (the aristocrats). Eventually it took on a religious meaning and in the religious sense it means assigning ultimate or absolute worth or value to the Ultimate or Absolute, God Almighty. Whatever we give our ultimate or absolute value or worth to becomes the object of our worship.The definition we believe expresses the meaning and purpose of true worship and which we subscribe to is from the Webster’s Dictionary, 1928: “Worship is to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission”. In this important sense worship is about values and priorities. Worship is about who God is and where he is on our priority lists. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed in thought, words, and deeds. Worship is about the best of our love and submission of our hearts and wills to God Almighty. It is very much about our how we live and conduct ourselves under all circumstances of life. True worship ought to impact all of our relationships as well.Liturgy as distinct from worship is a particular form or structure of worship. The particular format and structure formed over many years is liturgy. Therefore there are Anglican/Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Muslim and other liturgies. Again the word and concept of liturgy began in a secular fashion. It originally meant the work (ergon) of the people (laos) for the common good. This secular meaning was replaced by a religious one which means the work of the people for the glory and honor of God and of course for the common good. True worship gives meaning, motive and energy to all of our forms of works.The prophet Isaiah gives a vivid picture, which is equally applicable to false worship, of false fasting. He writes: the people ask, “Why should we fast if the Lord never notices?  Why should we go without food if he pays no attention?” The Lord says to them, “The truth is that at the same time you fast you pursue your own interests and oppress your workers. Your fasting makes you violent and you quarrel and fight. Do you think this kind of fasting will make me listen to your prayers?… The kind of fasting I want is this: remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice and let the oppressed go free. Share your food with the hungry and open your homes to the homeless poor. Give clothes to those who have nothing to wear and do not refuse to help your own relatives. Them my favor will shine on you like the morning sun and your wounds will quickly be healed” (Isaiah 58:3-8). Though this passage was primarily about fasting, its message applies to all of our religious duties such worship, Bible study, prayer meeting, and giving to the Church and the needy. They must be followed by right living. They must issue into healthy relationships and the promotion of justice, peace and empowerment for all. Therefore true worship must not be divorced from right living and right practice. Any worship short of this is empty and false.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Flint Bantam B Flyers lose to GP

first_imgSubmittedThe flint bantam b flyers played Grande praire on DEC 21st at the kids arena we took a loss this game but put in a good fight, the final score was 5-4 , Derek Donis played a great game with 2 goal and one assist, Braylan Eklund also got a goal as well as Rikky Warren, Justin Taylor got an assist this game as well as Justin Taylor and Braden Donis . This will be our last game until the new year when were off to high praire for two league games.- Advertisement –last_img

10 million for Oil and Gas Land Rights

first_imgWednesday’s sale of oil and gas rights in BC generated 10 million dollars in bonus bids.The average price was $488 per hectare, as bids were accepted on 45 of the 51 parcels offered, covering nearly 21,000 hectares.The key parcels were three drilling licences in the South Peace, that totalled over $3.8 million and two leases in the Horn River Basin, that totalled over 1.5 million.- Advertisement -The total amount generated more than doubled the May sale of 2007 but it paled in comparison, to the then record monthly sale, last May, worth more than 441 million.That is more, than six times the combined total, of all five monthy sales this year…about 68 million. The 2007 sale for the same month was less than $5 million.last_img

PATIENTS CLAIM DERMATOLOGY CLINIC SHUT AT HOSPITAL WITHOUT NOTICE

first_imgPatients using Letterkenny General Hospital’s Dermatology clinic claim it has been shut without notice.Letterkenny General HospitalThe claims have resulted in Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn calling for the immediate reinstatement of the service.The SF Deputy said he was shocked to learn about the details of the clinic’s closure and once again this is the thin end of the wedge from the HSE for Letterkenny. His comment come in the light of a Letterkenny woman’s experience after attending the clinic for the past four years.Rosemary Cassidy revealed her plight to the Tirconail Tribune and has called for the urgent reinstatement of the dermatology clinic for public patients at Letterkenny.Ms Cassidy says the clinic was shut down without notice at the end of May.Queries for further clarification on this issue to the HSE and a response is awaited. Deputy MacLochlainn said: “It is the responsibility of journalists to hold those in positions of power and responsibility to account and they must be facilitated in this work so integral to our democracy and society.“I am also concerned that the HSE continues to delay responding to legitimate queries from the local media in Donegal. As a service funded by the taxpayers, they have a responsibility to be accountable.”Rosemary Cassidy said public patients for dermatology treatment are now forced either to go private or pay the cost for a trip to Sligo.Ms Cassidy, from McNeely Villas in Letterkenny, had been the public patient at this dermatology clinic for the past four years.But recently she discovered to her shock and dismay that the service had shut down without any warning to the many people using the service throughout Donegal. It is understood a local councillor was informed in recent days by management at Letterkenny General Hospital that the clinic was being closed for ten weeks to try and clear the backlog that had built up in Sligo.However Ms Cassidy says it would be wise to take that with a pinch of salt and she’s highly sceptical of the reply.“I had been a patient at this clinic for four years. The dermatologist was treating me for psoriasis. I had been due to see him recently at the General Hospital. But the appointment notice never arrived. When I rang up I was told that he wasn’t coming to Letterkenny for the foreseeable future because he had a big back log on a waiting list in Sligo.I was told that if I wanted to see the Consultant I would have to go to Sligo or I could go privately to another consultant in Letterkenny who is not taking on any more public patients” Ms Cassidy said.She is very angry that management at Letterkenny General Hospital did not inform all patients that the clinic had been shut down. “Why were we not told that the Sligo based consultatant wouldn’t be coming back to Letterkenny any more.So many people in different parts of the county were depending on this clinic to help them live with skin conditions like psoriasis. I know I can’t afford to go privately to another consultant in Letterkenny at a cost of €90 and then pay for the creams after that which can be up to €75 a time. And I’m certainly not travelling all the way to Sligo General to see the consultant.”Ms Cassidy said it was her information that it could take up to three years for a new patient to see the Consultant Dermatologist.She continued: “There was a hidden waiting list and an official waiting list in Letterkenny for the skin clinic and when those were put together it could take three years for a new patient to be seen by the consultant. Now we’re told our regular is unable to come to Letterkenny because of the big waiting list he has in Sligo so patients from Donegal going down there is not an option,” Ms Cassidy said.She was a highly critical about how new private patients could get an appointment within a week of making an enquiry compared to the long wait for those who couldn’t afford to pay.“I will be taking this matter further with the management at Letterkenny General. I want this clinic reinstated for the people of Donegal. It just seems that more and more services are being taken away from Letterkenny General Hospital and that’s not good enough.“We’re not going to suffer in silence on this matter.It’s not good enough that this dermatology clinic was taken away without any notification to the patients who use the service,” Ms Cassidy concluded.We raised the concerns of the patient with the HSE this week saying she has been informed that this particular dermatology service for public patients has been discontinued and she cannot afford private treatment.Deputy MacLochlainn said: “”I have today made representations to the management of Letterkenny General Hospital conveying the serious concerns of patients attending the dermatology clinic. I am demanding that this clinic is reinstated.“We already have witnessed the failure to return the rheumatology clinic to Letterkenny, a clinic relied upon by hundreds of local patients. We need to fight any further erosion of our services. Citizens in Donegal have the the right to equal access to health services as those living in Dublin, Cork or Galway.”PATIENTS CLAIM DERMATOLOGY CLINIC SHUT AT HOSPITAL WITHOUT NOTICE was last modified: June 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Deputy Padraig MacLochlainnDonegal dermatology unitLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

A blow to the heart of the West Valley

first_imgOdds and ends around the San Fernando Valley: The heart of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Valley Bureau doesn’t wear a uniform or carry a gun. She’s not even a police officer. She’s Ellie Vargas, who was looking for something worthwhile to fill her time after she retired as a critical-care nurse. She found it – and more – during the next 13 years as a volunteer with the LAPD. Ellie’s retiring again next month and moving to Texas to be near her grandchildren. They called Ellie, who stayed with the girls until their mother was located and arrived home from work five hours later. Answering phones was never enough for Ellie. She had to be where the action was. She and volunteer Lana Kuhlen founded the West Valley Crisis Response Team in 1996. Today, there’s one in every police station in the city. “Someone had to help the police officers at a homicide or suicide, and take care of despondent family members until more family arrived. Why not us?” Ellie said. Add the work she did with Neighborhood Watch groups, the Valley’s Hate Crime Alliance, and being one of the original members of the Community Police Advisory Board in the West Valley, and you see what Senior Lead Officer Vic Monroe is talking about when he says nobody will ever be able to replace Ellie Vargas. “She was the heart of LAPD in the West Valley,” he said. A retirement/going away party for Ellie will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the West Valley Police Station, 19020 Vanowen St., Reseda. The San Fernando Valley lost one of its true pioneers recently with the passing at 89 of Bernie Shapiro, founder of the private El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana. A self-made millionaire by 31, Bernie went into semiretirement and came down with the same bug that attacks so many people with affluence and free time. Golf. What he got next was an education in a lot more than just golf, he told me in a 1994 interview. “I was invited as a guest by my insurance agent to play with him at his private club one day in 1950,” Bernie said. “I was ignorant about country clubs. “I’d been playing public courses where you put your $1 green fee down and waited for your name to be called. Then you went out with three other guys you didn’t know and carried your own clubs for 18 holes.” Bernie was impressed with the valet car service and caddies carrying members’ clubs at his friend’s club. When he got home and told his wife, she said he should join. “When I told my friend I wanted to join, he started putting up roadblocks – the club was too far from my home to be convenient, that it got expensive having a caddy carry your clubs every day. “I couldn’t understand it and finally asked him what was really wrong. He told me they didn’t allow Jews.” The next day, Bernie got out the Yellow Pages and called every private club in Los Angeles. None of them allowed Jews. That’s when Bernie realized that while affluence and free time may be a big part of the American dream, they were not enough to gain entree into the heady atmosphere of private golf club membership in Los Angeles – not when your last name was Shapiro. So Bernie called some of his wealthy friends and told them he wanted to build a country club where there were no restrictions on membership, other than you had the money to join. Bernie found 150 acres in Tarzana, formerly owned by “Tarzan” creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, signed a 99-year lease, and built the El Caballero Country Club. “I put it right up front and let potential members know I wanted a mixed group of people here, not a segregated one,” he said. R.I.P., Bernie. You accomplished an awful lot of good in life, but for my money, your greatest legacy is the statement you made with that golf club. And finally, a few upcoming events you may want to look in on. Saturday, the Los Angeles County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will host a 60th anniversary of V-J Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive. At 3 p.m. Sunday, the Valley Jazz Club will present Evie Fiorani and All That Jazz at the Elk’s Hall, 20917 Osborne St., Canoga Park. Admission is $9. And if you’re looking for a little Hawaii with your upcoming Labor Day weekend, Horace Heidt Jr. is having his annual Labor Day Luau, featuring his band with singer Marilyn King and a Polynesian show and fire dance. The outdoor luau will be Sept. 4 at Horace Heidt Estates, 14155 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Dinner’s at 7 p.m., show’s at 8 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling (818) 784-8211. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I made the mistake of asking a police officer when I retired in 1992 if they ever used volunteers in their department?” she said Thursday, laughing. “They did.” Calling Ellie Vargas just a volunteer is like calling Florence Nightingale just a nurse, says Cmdr. Val Paniccia, assistant commander of the West Valley Bureau. It doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of what this woman has meant to the department and community. “Ellie’s a tough, old retired nurse with a heart of gold. She’s done more for our police officers and people in the community than anyone will ever know.” Paniccia’s right. The first time I met Ellie she had spent an afternoon holding two scared little girls in her arms, wiping away their tears. A despondent father had committed suicide in front of the girls, and police officers at the scene needed someone to look after the girls while they conducted their investigation. last_img read more

Men’s Tennis Welcomes Middle Tennessee and Omaha on Sunday

first_imgFollowing this weekend’s homestead, the Bulldogs travel to Madison, Wis. to take on Big Ten team, the University of Wisconsin on Feb. 16.    Live Results vs. Middle Tennessee Live Results vs. Omaha Omaha enters with a 2-3 record. The Mavericks also competed last weekend’s match at the University of Iowa and fell to the Hawkeyes, 6-1. The teams are set to meet at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs enter this weekend’s competition with a 4-2 record after a victory at Iowa and a loss at Purdue last week. The Bulldogs’ 4-3 win over the Hawkeyes was Drake’s sixth-straight victory over Iowa. DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University men’s tennis team will host Middle Tennessee and Omaha this Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Middle Tennessee holds a 4-4 record after a close 4-3 loss to Western Michigan. The Blue Raiders fell after Western Michigan clinched the win in four consecutive singles. Drake and Middle Tennessee are set to meet at 10 a.m. Story Links  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

DDTV: FLOOD WATERS HIT ROADS AROUND LETTERKENNY

first_imgDDTV: The sheer volume of flood waters in and around Letterkenny took many people by surprise. This short video gives you an idea of what it was like, just outside the town. DDTV: FLOOD WATERS HIT ROADS AROUND LETTERKENNY was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AUGUST 2014DDTVDonegal Daily TVfloodslast_img

The Whole Universe Is Crazy

first_imgSuppose you engaged a mental patient about the origin of the universe.  He tells you that it banged and it whooshed and it crunched.  He elaborates and says that there’s lots of universes out there crashing into each other all the time.  “Yep, that’s how it happened, and that’s how we got here.  I’s sure ’bout it.  Know how I know?  Cuz anything can happen!  I got proof—the sun is up.”  Could that be any crazier than what Space.com reported about cosmologists with PhDs believe, in the most prestigious universities of the world?  “The Big Bang: Solid Theory, But Mysteries Remain,” Clara Moskowitz reported.  She takes us beyond the old simple Big Bang into the world of modern cosmology.    Crazy may be in the eye of the beholder, but here is what her article claimed.  Picture yourself as a rationalist from the 17th century hearing these ideas for the first time:A popular picture of the early universe imagines a single Big Bang, after which space blew up quickly like a giant bubble.  But another theory posits that we live in a universe of 11 dimensions, where all particles are actually made of tiny vibrating strings.  This could create a universe stuck in a cycle of Big Bangs and Big Crunches, due to repeat on loop.  Which scenario is closer to the truth remains to be seen….However, what caused the Big Bang, what happened at that exact moment, and what came immediately after it, are much more open to debate.A dominant idea that connects the dots between the Big Bang and the universe we find today is called inflation.  This is the notion that during the first roughly 10 to the minus 34 seconds (0.0000000000000000000000000000000001 seconds), the universe underwent exponential expansion, doubling in size at least 90 times.  During this early stage, matter was in a much different state than it is now.“Inflation is easily the most popular theory in cosmology,” said theoretical physicist Neil Turok, director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario, Canada.  “It’s a good theory, but it has some weak points.  It can’t describe the moment of the Big Bang.”And inflation has other problems, in some people’s view.  Because of quantum fluctuations, different parts of the universe could inflate at different rates, creating “bubble universes” that are much larger than other regions.  Our universe may be just one in a multiverse, where different scales and physical laws reign.“It means everything and anything that can happen, will,” [Paul] Steinhardt [Princeton] told SPACE.com.  “So basically everything could be a prediction of inflation.  This to me is a fundamental problem and we don’t know how to get away from it.”Others say that while inflation may not be complete yet, it’s still the most useful thing we’ve got to describe the origin of the universe.M-theory requires the universe to have 11 dimensions.  So far, we can only detect four dimensions – three of space and one of time.  But maybe the other seven are hidden, proponents say.“If you have another brane living in higher dimensions, it’s extremely likely to move and slam into our own brane,” [Burt] Ovrut [U of Pennsylvania] said.  “You have a brane with exactly the structure of our real world, and other branes that are likely to hit us, and all of the energy of colliding universes would come into play.”What’s really alarming is that the article said that there’s a 100 per cent consensus about these beliefs.  Watching the battle of the branes, with today’s biggest brains arguing for inflation and multiverses, it might appear the whole world has gone crazy.  And they’re dead sure about these things they can never know.  They believe that observations may help, but can’t hurt: “not finding the [gravitational] waves wouldn’t really blow a death knell to either theory, since some versions of inflation don’t require gravitational waves,” Moskowitz ended.  “Either way, it should be exciting.”  Funny farms are exciting places.When people cease to believe in God, they don’t believe in nothing; they believe in anything (G. K. Chesterton).  This is “the most useful thing we’ve got to describe the origin of the universe,” they said.  Why?  Only because they have ruled out a Creator.  The founders of science (who were Christians, for the most part) would be appalled at the recklessness of these theories.  No evidence required; no possible way to test them; invented “notions” presented as evidence; everything becomes a prediction and nothing qualifies as a potentially falsifying observation.  Don’t be deceived just because these guys are good at math.  Even some idiot savants have that ability.  We’ve come full circle from the Sumerian myths to modern cosmology, where consensus counts more than evidence, and you can make up a story and foist it on the populace, the crazier the better.  In the beginning, God sure has a welcome sound about it right now.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Freedom of London for Mokoena

first_img26 October 2010Aaron Mokoena’s services to football and charity will be recognised when the Bafana Bafana and Portsmouth captain receives the Freedom of the City of London on 10 November.Mokoena was nominated for the honour by Alderman Andrew Parmley, who met the South Africa skipper during President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to the UK earlier this year.“I was impressed by what Aaron has achieved in his football career as captain of South Africa and Portsmouth FC and by his determination to ensure young people in South Africa have access to sport and education opportunities through his charitable foundation, which he established in 2009,” Parmley said in a statement.‘I am honoured’Mokoena said he was honoured by the award. “London is such a fantastic city, and to be presented this award as a South African playing football in the UK is a very proud moment for my country, my family and myself.”Portsmouth Football Club’s CEO David Lampitt described Mokoena as “a great role model for young people and all Portsmouth fans.“The club has been fully supportive of the work Aaron is undertaking in South Africa through his foundation,” Lampitt added. “The club congratulates him on this wonderful accolade.”Kaizer MotaungKaizer Chiefs’ owner Kaizer Motaung told The Sowetan: “I believe it is a good thing to follow the successes of the likes of Doctor Steve ‘Kalamazoo’ Mokone, a legend that represented the apartheid-oppressed talent of South African football abroad,” Motaung said.“We must also not forget the towering Lucas Radebe, who carved a name for himself in the City of Leeds when he played there. There have been a lot of South African exports to other countries, and one can only marvel at how they set up new arrivals to fly our country’s flag.“Aaron Mokoena’s achievement has therefore crowned a successful career in the tough English football fraternity, and is worthy of receiving our fullest respect,” Motaung said.“I just hope other youngsters will emulate such heroic feats that demonstrate the quality of our exports that have raised the standard of our football abroad.”History of the awardThe Freedom of the City of London is believed to have begun in 1237 and enabled recipients to carry out their trade. Today, people are nominated for the Freedom because it offers them a link to the historic City of London and one of its ancient traditions.The Freedom is also offered to individuals by the City of London Corporation to help celebrate significant achievements.CareerMokoena became the the first South African to play in 100 internationals when he ran out against Guatemala in May this year.He captained South Africa on home soil in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the first World Cup to be held in Africa.During his club career, he has played for Ajax Amsterdam, Germinal Beeerschot, Racing Genk, Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

How universities are defining the future of VR

first_imgAndrew Woodberry Tags:#AR#featured#InstaVR#Internet of Things#IoT#top#virtual reality#VR Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Higher education has always been fertile ground for the creation of new, boundary-pushing technology. While VR software and hardware innovation have been, to date, largely the domain of startups and large tech companies, it’s colleges and universities that are using the technology in some of the most interesting ways.Professors and students alike are exploring the various disciplines where immersive imagery and audio can be impactful, and the adoption rate is only accelerating.See also: VR standards – too early or long overdue?University settings encourage big thinking — What if a search engine could utilize a more perfect algorithm to give more relevant results? What if a social network could redefine how humans interact? What if we could map out the human genetic code? Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality haven’t quite approached these levels of disruption.But with VR expected to be a $75 billion industry by 2021, according to Greenlight Insights, there’s no doubt that virtual reality will have a big impact. So it’s not surprising that professors and students are delving into all facets of the technology to understand how it will impact us, and hopefully make our lives better.Almost no university-level subject matter is immune to VR’s impact. Take Architecture and Urban Design Program at German University in Cairo, for example. They used our InstaVR platform for creating immersive tours of historical buildings in a project called “Historical Cairo Goes VR.” Some of the oldest and most interesting buildings in Cairo were made virtually walkable from thousands of miles away using cutting edge technology.The students overlaid the 360 tours with image and video hotspots, to provide relevant contextual information. The result was an incredibly immersive and memorable VR and classroom experience, all of which was made possible at a reasonable price point give the preponderance of 360 cameras and low-cost VR headsets on the market.Images Courtesy of the Hyper Reality Course at German University in CairoStudying the impact of VR on societyBesides using VR for teaching or learning, a number of academics are studying the impact VR will have on society as a whole. Earlier this year, the UC Institute for Prediction Technology used our InstaVR app creation tool to create smoking cessation VR applications. Rather than just gather user feedback post-VR experience, they were able to gather actual information on where people were focusing their attention while using a Google Cardboard headset. Overlaid on the VR experience, a heat map shows a visual representation of time spent looking at different areas of the 360 landscape. Since memory is notoriously subject to unconscious biases, VR heat maps can provide academics with actual actionable information.In this particular case, researchers could see among the VR smoking cessation experiences, where were users focusing most of their attention, suggesting an area successful at capturing focus. And overall, the study could inform whether VR actually helps change behavior in the real world.Other VR experiences built by InstaVR college/university clients in the past 12 months have included: an app to determine the efficacy of VR for eliciting empathy, an app for acclimating therapists for working with patients, apps to take Australian college students on virtual field trips, and embeddable 360 images to augment news articles by student journalists.The core throughline of VR in higher education is utilizing the technology to expand and improve what is already taught, as well as to make things more participatory. Traditional psychology experiments give test subjects hypothetical scenarios, and ask — “What would you do if this happened to you?” In the case of determining empathy, the mind has to take a big leap to put itself in other people’s shoes. Virtual reality allows users to bridge that gap, and truly feel what the proposed scenario would be like, as least as close to reality as possible. Thus, you can ask them questions within the experience (using Hotspots/Navigation as response vehicles) or look at a heat map afterward, giving you more accurate data than you would in traditional experiments.Making things more participatoryIn terms of VR making things more participatory, that’s a win-win for both college students and professors. While lecturing can certainly still be valuable, the multimedia associated with say a virtual field trip to Roman ruins (an actual VR app made on our platform) is more memorable and can lead to more engagement. VR allows for a true “Choose Your Own Adventure”, with students empowered to explore and delve deeper with multimedia hotspots into areas they want to explore further. Certainly, with the students from German University in Cairo, the resulting experiences they built themselves were more memorable than say putting together a PowerPoint presentation.VR allows for a true “Choose Your Own Adventure”, with students empowered to explore and delve deeper with multimedia hotspots into areas they want to explore further. Certainly, with the students from German University in Cairo, the resulting experiences they built themselves were more memorable than say putting together a PowerPoint presentation.Ultimately, adoption at the higher ed level largely depends on tech-forward professors, or students taking greater initiative. 360 cameras have fallen in price as they’ve become more ubiquitous, and web-based authoring software like InstaVR has made distributing apps simple. So don’t be surprised if you look into a classroom next time you’re at your alma mater, and you see the whole class dawning Gear VR or Google Daydream headsets.The author is Head of Sales & Marketing at InstaVR. Based in San Francisco, InstaVR is a virtual reality focused technology company, providing tools and services to enable professionals to author and publish interactive VR experiences. InstaVR is completely web-based and requires no specialized engineering knowledge. Since launching in early 2016, over 10,000 companies have created thousands of immersive 360-degree apps for iOS, Android, Web, Gear VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Google Daydream. For more information and to access the InstaVR platform, visit https://www.instavr.co.This article is part of our Virtual Reality series. You can download a high-resolution version of the landscape featuring 431 companies here. Follow the Pucklast_img read more