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Ways to evidence learning on the Vive

The Vive offers a wide range of learning opportunities for students but educators may not see obvious ways to evidence, record or share this learning. Here are some ways you can evidence learning that take place on the Vive.

Take images or videos of students using the Vive

If students are engaged with a VR experience using the Vive, potentially the only evidence you need is a photo or short video clip of them doing this. Having students recount the experience and explain what they learned - whether orally or in written form, is an excellent way to follow up on their VR adventure.

Use in-app capture tools

Some VR apps do come with built in tools to capture media from your experience. For example Google Tilt Brush allows users to bring up a camera tool and capture images, GIFs or videos which are saved to your Documents folder. Other apps that boast content capture tools include Mindshow, Engage and Blocks

Use the Vive's built-in screen capture function

Whether the app you are using has the ability to export media or not, any experience can be documented using the Vive's default screen capture tool. To take a screenshot of whatever you are looking at whilst using the Vive, press the System Button and Right Trigger simultaneously on one of the Vive controllers.

Now comes the slightly tricky part - finding these files!

First you need to head to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata

Dig around in here and you'll quickly find a group of folders which are named as strings of numbers:

At this point I would save this location to quick access to save you having to hunt again. Each one of these folders will represent an app and contains the screenshots within.

Use the Windows 10 Game Bar to screencast

Windows 10 machines have a special toolbar that can allow users to make recordings from their games. To access this, press the Windows key + G.

From here you can start and stop your recording and choose whether to include audio from the PC's microphone too. This is a great way to include another student in the experience - by having them control the recording process (perhaps whilst waiting for their turn on the Vive.)

More advanced screencasting options like OBS Studio are also available for educators wanting more control or the ability to live stream.


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