New virtual campus experience features UNK

University View, as shown in a new “virtual” interactive tour that lets people interact with campus through audio, video, photos and 360-degree panoramas. (Photo courtesy YouVisit)

University View, as shown in a new “virtual” interactive tour that lets people interact with campus through audio, video, photos and 360-degree panoramas. (Photos courtesy YouVisit)

Interactive tour includes audio, video, panoramic photos

KEARNEY – Visitors to UNK are now able to experience campus right from their homes.

A new “virtual” interactive tour on University of Nebraska at Kearney’s website lets anyone from around the world interact with campus by “walking” its paths to buildings, “sitting” in classrooms or Loper sports venues, or “living” in campus residences.

The interactive tour, produced by YouVisit and UNK’s Admissions, Communications and Creative Services, features audio, videos, photos, 360-degree panoramas, and an integrated map that lets tour visitors see inside and outside UNK buildings, experience stories and information about programs, things to do, places to go and what happens at UNK.

AYouVisit3The tour is linked from UNK’s home page at unk.edu or found directly at http://www.youvisit.com/tour/unk, or by searching youvisit.com, where it’s one of many colleges that visitors can explore there. The UNK YouVisit tour is also offered in Spanish.

Dusty Newton, director of UNK undergraduate recruitment and admissions, said the interactive tour gives future students a chance to get familiar with campus.

“This tour is really a virtual experience that allows future students and their families from all over the world to interact with UNK, maybe for the first time,” Newton said. “They get a feel for campus life, our activities and programs, and our facilities.”

The virtual tour is also available on mobile platforms to let visitors experience UNK from their iPad or tablet, iPhone or other smart phone through a free downloadable mobile application or stheir mobile device on the website.

“UNK visitors are mobile and are interacting with places and information through augmented reality, on their devices, phones and laptops. The virtual experience has some amazing photography, video stories, and an interactive map so students, future students, parents, alumni, future faculty and staff can get an almost-real experience of campus,” said Kelly Bartling, assistant vice chancellor for Communications and Community Relations.

“This is one of those things you really need to experience and share with your social networks.”

YouVisit, based in New York, is a multimedia technology company that also features tours for popular landmarks, cities and destinations.

Source: Dusty Newton, 308-865-8702, newtond@unk.edu
Writer: Kelly Bartling, 308.865.8455, bartlingkh@unk.edu

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