Reshaping Reality in the Classroom With James May

A Message from Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses

It may come as no surprise that Professor of English for Academic Purposes James May, who is also a leader for Circles of Innovation, continuously integrates emerging technology into his curriculum.

As a part of the Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Chair in Free Enterprise Endowed Chair, James has recently introduced faculty to the ever-growing educational potential of virtual reality.

Large technology companies, such as Google, Samsung, Facebook and many others, have been investing heavily into the development of the virtual reality world. As a result, many innovative doors have opened to incorporate engaging virtual reality technology into the classroom.

James has been collaborating with various staff and faculty members to research and develop ways that this technology can be used at Valencia. Using programs like Google Expedition Pioneer Program, students are able to enjoy immersive learning experiences.

James interviewed Elizabeth Faulcon, adjunct professor, humanities, and she shared her strategy for using Google Expeditions and virtual reality to enhance learning in her classroom. To watch the interview, click here.

James says, “We are at the cusp of developing more forward-thinking and engaging learning experiences for our students. I believe we will be seeing more and more of this technology, and I’m looking forward to cultivating new ideas and exploring new boundaries.”

To learn more about virtual reality or if you would like to contribute ideas, discuss opportunities and/or collaborate with James, please feel free to reach out to him at or extension 2047.

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