EON Reality and Butte College have partnered for the launch of an EON-XR Center across multiple disciplines at Butte College, enhancing programs and learning modalities with virtual and augmented reality software.

The College plans to launch its first phase of the EON-XR Center and EON Reality platform during the Fall 2021 semester, while also forming a coalition of multiple California Community Colleges that will collaborate on this project. EON Reality’s platform, EON-XR, is accessible through a free app available on all mobile devices, laptops and PCs, and will offer students the opportunity to experience real-world, immersive learning environments through XR technology.

“With XR technology, student courses can include virtual visits to locations around the world, as well as the ability to manipulate 3D objects and create virtual learning spaces. Students will be able to virtually take apart, examine and rebuild almost anything, from a computer motherboard to a car engine to a human heart. XR lessons also will offer opportunities to project on-screen items into real world environments, and use x-ray-like vision to see inside objects and engage with a live labeling and testing functions to help students better learn and understand complex concepts. In a benefit to the community, all of the XR curriculum developed over the next five years by Butte College and the coalition of colleges, in partnership with EON Reality, will be available and accessible to anyone with the free EON-XR app.”

Daniel DonnellyButte College Chair of Art/Digital Art and Design

Phase one of Butte’s EON-XR roll-out will initially impact 5,000 course seats, and 750 industry internship licenses that will be shared among the coalition of colleges. XR immersive learning will be made available to students across Butte College’s programs such as Health Sciences, Information Technology, Art and Design, Automotive, Makerspace, and advanced Manufacturing, as well as several general education courses. Eventually, extended and augmented reality experiences will be used in Butte College degree programs across multiple disciplines, and growth plans include expanding into the use of virtual reality, with students using VR goggles to enhance learning.

“Butte College embraces new technologies that contribute to an ever-evolving educational system, and to the constantly changing needs and expectations of our students. We are looking forward to incorporating augmented reality into our curriculum and programs, and making this resource accessible to every student with a cell phone or laptop.”

Virginia GuleffButte College Vice President, Office of Instruction

EON Reality selected Butte College for the latest partner in its global network after an extensive assessment of the College’s curriculum design, faculty readiness and online learning expertise. The project provides Butte College, and other colleges within the coalition, with access to all of EON Reality’s technology and services related to EON-XR.

“While many of our efforts have been focused on expanding EON-XR around the world, it’s always nice to be able to provide the same top-notch solutions to a new partner. By working with Butte College and the coalition of colleges, we know that we’ll be able to positively influence students. This is truly EON Reality’s opportunity to help teach and train the future of California’s workforce.”

Dan LejerskarFounder of EON Reality

About EON Reality
EON Reality is the world leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer for industry and education. EON Reality’s 21 years of success are tied to its belief that knowledge is a human right and should be available, accessible, and affordable for every human on the planet. To carry this out, EON Reality has developed the de-facto standard for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer software that supports devices from mobile phones to large immersive domes. EON Reality’s global development network — with more than 20 locations worldwide — has created the world’s leading AR/VR library for education and industry with over 8,000 applications and over 40 million users worldwide.

About Butte College
Butte College serves approximately 15,000 students a year and is an accredited community college located just 75 miles north of Sacramento. Butte College offers a quality education and over 200 certificate, transfer, and degree programs. Students can earn associate’s degrees, train for career options, or take general education classes to transfer to a CSU, UC, or private university. The College also offers degrees with guaranteed transfer to California State Universities—with 32 Associate in Arts for Transfer and Associate in Science for Transfer degrees.