360° Streetview images are available online for many locations. They make it easier to experience spaces without being physically present. For planners it is helpful to get a rough feeling for the surroundings. In Ethiopia, this kind of material is almost unavailable. Since 360° cameras are now inexpensive, we have used the opportunity to create 360° material for our own teaching. On our project website (under 360° Videos > Seriti, Wurer or Dannisa) we have mapped links to the individual 360° videos on a map, so that students can be redirected directly to a 360° videos, experience it immersively and locate themselves. It does not replace the visit on site and further restricts the view to a certain place and time. By editing the videos, however, further information, similar to augmented reality, can be added to enrich the spatial experience.
The Hochschulforum Digitalisierung awarded our approach to the use in teaching at their networking event in 2018 (https://hochschulforumdigitalisierung.de/de/news/call-360-videos). Our video and the interesting use cases of the other awardees are viewable here: www.youtube.com/playlist