Session Format

In-person Poster

Proposal Synopsis

Looking for new ways to engage virtually with Zoomed out students? Two librarians and a graduate assistant at a large university library created virtual research clinics using the virtual reality tool to support students with research assignments.

Virtual research clinics are opportunities for students to receive additional support from library staff after completing an online, asynchronous tutorial. is a free proximity-based virtual reality tool that library staff can use to build virtual spaces designed for natural social interactions. The presenters found it much easier for students to interact with each other, library staff, and online library resources using a proximity-based platform rather than via video teleconferencing platforms like Zoom. Additionally, virtual clinics increase opportunities for meaningful student interactions with library staff, which is especially important for students experiencing library anxiety or who are unable to physically come to a library.

The proposed poster will provide an overview of and virtual research clinics. The first section will provide an introduction to and virtual research clinics. The second section will explain how virtual clinics were created to support undergraduate students in a large communications class who received library instruction via asynchronous tutorials. The final section will include strategies used to encourage students to attend virtual research clinics and ways to prepare students for the experience using

In addition to the poster, the presenters will include multiple options for participants to experience virtual research clinics. Options will include providing a QR code for participants to join a research clinic via a mobile device and a laptop that participants can use to explore

Primary Conference Tag

Teaching and Learning

Secondary Conference Tag

Student Success

Optional Conference Tag

Virtual Reality


WAL C 3084

Start Date

27-7-2022 1:00 PM

End Date

27-7-2022 2:00 PM


Jul 27th, 1:00 PM Jul 27th, 2:00 PM

Leveraging Virtual Reality to Support Undergraduate Student Research

WAL C 3084


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