VirBELA is an educational design organization that provides innovative learning technologies to enhance global educational experiences that empower individuals, teams, and organizations. Our model allows for a level of engagement and participation that can typically only be achieved with face-to-face instruction. Our proprietary immersive 3D campus, which supports blended learning and big data assessment, is highly customizable to meet the branding and educational needs of our clients. Our mission is to transform learning for everyone, everywhere.
VirBELA was founded by Dr. Alex Howland and Dr. Ron Rembisz, who submitted their idea for VirBELA to the Graduate Management Admission Council’s Ideas to Innovation Challenge, in 2010. The challenge sought the most innovative ideas to improve management education. Alex and Ron were winners in the competition and went on to secure a large grant from GMAC to implement their idea in collaboration with the Rady School of Management and the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UCSD. Since then, VirBELA has built a world class multi-disciplinary team, and has joined forces with strategic partners and clients.
The VirBELA team consists of multidisciplinary professionals with expertise in education, organizational psychology, software engineering, 3D art, and serious game development.
More than a decade after Second Life's release and Avaya Live Engage becoming obsolete, our vision required a fresh, modern approach. We built Virbela on top of the powerful Unity Game Engine which allows us to take advantage of their on-going development. We build activities into our virtual world platform to support learning objectives and then utilize data driven techniques to assess participants. See below for a list of some of the collaboration features our software offers.
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