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Spatial Computing Masterclass


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Full course description

Modality: Self-paced

Duration: 5-week course

Delivery: Online

Engaged Hours: 10.5 hours/ week

Language: English

Instructor: Cortney Harding

Prerequisites: Open to everyone (see Requirements below)


Discover VR's transformative potential as a medium for storytelling. Learn how to create experiences that immerse, impact, engage, and inspire your audience. No matter your level of experience in storytelling or VR, you're all set to join in—no special equipment needed!


Course Quick Facts 

  • Fundamentals of VR Storytelling: Understand the core principles of narrative creation in virtual reality, focusing on the unique capabilities of this emerging medium. 
  • Emotion and Engagement: Learn how to identify and evoke key emotions in your audience, setting the emotional tone right from the beginning of your VR experience.
  • Scripting for VR: Gain hands-on experience writing scripts specifically designed for VR environments, where interactivity plays a pivotal role. 
  • No Special Equipment Needed: Explore cutting-edge methods to leverage 360-degree video and VR interaction design, without the need for expensive VR headsets, AR glasses, or 360 cameras. 


About This Course

By the end of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Identify crucial emotional triggers for VR audiences and integrate them effectively into your narratives. 
  • Craft basic VR scripts that enhance user interaction and storytelling depth. 
  • Implement advanced 360-degree video techniques and VR interaction designs to enrich the viewer experience. 
  • Design compelling user interactions within a VR narrative, making each storytelling moment both engaging and memorable. 
  • Articulate the unique advantages of VR as a storytelling medium, understanding why it stands out in the digital landscape. 


Courses Modules

This 5-week course offers a variety of learning materials, including video interviews with industry professionals. Each week, you'll have interactive discussions to share your knowledge and hands-on assignments to create portfolio-worthy artifacts.


Spatial Computing Masterclass Course Modules


Module One: Cover VR, AR, and XR definitions, the metaverse, diverse content creation, and emotion in storytelling. Explore real-world examples, case studies, best practices, and user safety and support. 

Module Two: Gain skills in crafting immersive XR stories, mood boards, visuals, casting, and location selection. Explore scripting, interaction design, and immersive storytelling techniques.

Module Three: Learn more about casting, locations, and key production elements. Bring stories together cohesively and navigate directing challenges in 360 degrees. Gain valuable skills in post-production collaboration with developers and quality assurance for success.

Module Four: Explore distribution best practices, partnerships with headset providers, film festival submissions, and event showcases. Delve into pitching, media coverage, and narrative crafting.

Module Five: Bring together all elements of XR storytelling, exploring its purpose and impact. Draw insights from research and case studies. Reflect on the power of XR narratives and discuss strategies for global audience engagement.



Taking an online course requires specific equipment, some technical skills, and other soft skills. At a minimum, you will need:

  • Access to an internet connection and a working computer (with Windows 10 / OS X 10.13 or higher).
  • The latest two versions of Chrome or Firefox with Javascript enabled.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft© Office applications.
  • The ability to conduct research searches on the Internet.
  • The ability to send and receive emails and email attachments in and out of class.
  • The ability to save backups of all the work you create for this course.

About The Instructor

Portrait of Cortney HardingCortney Harding is an in-demand expert and one of the few people who can not only translate the impact of the digital revolution from Web2 to Web3 and its impact on businesses but also how the Metaverse can become the new frontier to create better and more accepting communities.


Cortney is the founder and CEO of a transformational VR/AR agency, Friends with Holograms, which is focused on creating innovative, powerful, and effective experiences for training. Her clients include Walmart, Verizon, Accenture, Coca-Cola, and the US Air Force. She has won multiple awards including “Best VR/AR” at Mobile World Congress, SXSW Innovation Award Finalist, and Top HR Product by HR Executive. Cortney pushes the medium of VR forward by fusing some of the first voice-activated virtual reality interactivity with highly engaging, cinematic content from acclaimed directors who specialize in the medium. She has experience building teams with best-in-class Unity and Unreal developers and producers.


Cortney has taught at North Carolina State and Caltech and will be teaching at Barnard and NYU this year, where she will be sharing her one-of-a-kind curriculum. She has also guest lectured at Johns Hopkins, Chapman University, Harvard Business School, and Columbia University. She is currently working with Meta to help shape strategy around learning and training in the Metaverse and was instrumental in creating "What is the Metaverse?" - a groundbreaking course that covers all aspects of the Metaverse while exploring safety issues, ethical questions, and much more.



“This course is designed to empower students to create experiences that are not just seen or heard, but deeply felt. This is where storytelling meets innovation, and I'm excited to guide our learners through this incredible journey." Cortney Harding


Earn A Digital Badge

  • Shareable online and on your resume.
  • Enhanced visibility to employers.
  • Validate your skills quickly.
  • Align with industry standards.

Why Microlearning?

Enroll in our self-paced online virtual reality course and unravel the magic of XR storytelling.

  • Targeted Knowledge: Our microlearning approach breaks complex topics into manageable, engaging modules, making learning effective and enjoyable. 
  • Flexible Access: Study on your schedule. Access course materials anytime, from anywhere, and progress through the curriculum at your own pace. 
  • Advance Your Career: Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to craft compelling narratives in a VR setting. Enhance your professional value and open doors to career advancement in various industries. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Microlearning? 

Microlearning is an approach to learning that delivers bite-sized, focused content in short lessons, typically through digital platforms. It emphasizes quick comprehension and retention of information, often tailored to specific learning objectives and accessible on demand.


What is Spatial Computing?

Spatial computing involves using technology like augmented reality (AR) to mix virtual elements seamlessly into the real world around us. It enables us to interact with things like virtual objects as if they're right there with us, bringing the digital world into our everyday lives.


What is XR Storytelling?

XR storytelling refers to the use of extended reality (XR) technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) to create immersive narrative experiences. It combines traditional storytelling elements with immersive technologies to engage audiences in interactive and immersive narratives.


What are the benefits of storytelling in virtual reality?

Some of the benefits of storytelling in virtual reality include allowing audiences to experience stories in a more impactful way and enabling users to become active participants in the narrative. Additionally, VR storytelling can provide unique opportunities for experiential learning and exploration of different perspectives and environments.