College of Communication > About > Centers & Initiatives > Center for Communication Engagement > Virtual and Augmented Reality Communication Lab (VARC)
Virtual and Augmented Reality Communication Lab (VARC) houses state-of-the-art equipment for virtual and augmented reality. At the VARC Lab, we want to help people learn how to effectively and ethically communicate in VR and AR.
The lab is a space for students and faculty to experience VR/AR technology firsthand and explore how these tools impact society, culture, media and interpersonal relationships.
At the College of Communication, we’re interested in exploring how communication and technology intersect, including how we use tools to communicate. The VARC Lab helps communication researchers explore topics like:
LocationCenter for Communication Engagement14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 111-112 (First floor, opposite the Jackson elevators)
Available for booking by contacting Professor Paul Booth at firstname.lastname@example.org. For current schedule, DePaul users click here.
The VARC Lab has multiple brands of VR/AR headsets (Meta Pro, Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest 1, HTV Vive Focus Plus, Microsoft Hololens 2) and 360 cameras available to check out for teaching or research purposes. For more information, contact Professor Paul Booth at email@example.com.
Professor Paul Booth leads the VARC Lab. Get in touch with him to see how you can get involved.
Paul Booth is a professor of
Media and Cinema Studies in the College of Communication at DePaul. He teaches and researches how audiences embrace new technologies to generate emotional connections to media texts, as well as the role that new technologies play in ongoing media franchises.