AS VR TECHNOLOGY BECOMES MORE AFFORDABLE, THE IMPLICATIONS FOR A VIRTUAL REALITY-BASED EDUCATION WILL ALLOW STUDENTS TO TRAVEL THE GLOBE WHILE NEVER LEAVING THE CLASSROOM.
While VR has been known or at least glimpsed at even before cyberpunk took off in the 80s, its promise mostly died during the 90s. Well, it’s a resurging phoenix now, with Oculus Rift being the spark that reignited the fire. And as with many other things, VR has huge implications for education, too.
As it stands, virtual reality stands to make learning more efficient. It’s commonly accepted that students remember 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see and up to 90% of what they do; or in the case of VR, simulate doing. Initiatives like Unimersiv are working on that interactivity. Students can now learn by doing, like going around a VR construction site and taking VR pictures of workplace safety violations.
VR TO EXPLORE EXOTIC LOCATIONS
Or they can be transported to Salisbury Plains, England 4,000 years ago, to walk around the simulated Stonehenge. For medical students, there are VR simulations that let them examine bits of the human body while adding or removing layers of muscle, cartilage and so on. Read More…