The VRCHIVE workshop was a four-week exploratory initiative that engaged pairs of participants (grandparents and grandchildren) in relationship-strengthening activities while learning to use novel technology.
This entailed learning to use a Virtual Reality (VR) 360° camera to capture personal stories, create meaningful memories and share experiences with one another. The goal was to keep participants socially and intellectually engaged, contribute to digital literacy skills, foster a sense of community, and encourage new methods of self-expression (all while addressing loneliness and boredom during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.)
This initiative was a collaboration between OpenLab, UHN and the Toronto Public Library and was generously supported by the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation.
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