VR transforms the education sector. It is applicable in all educational levels, from preschool to higher education. In this blog, we’ll discuss the top reasons why universities and colleges use virtual reality and how it makes the lives of the faculty members and students easier.
VR helps students remember
Because it’s an immersive and interactive experience, lessons taught in VR are easily remembered. Students retain important information longer when taught using VR because they see fewer distractions.
Imagine a history student as he immerses himself inside the important past events. Or, as a pilot student test drives an aircraft. Think about medical school students as they study human anatomy.
Best practices: Develop a fully-interactive VR experience for the students. Allow them to navigate the virtual environment alone. Use hotspots to show more information about a certain topic. When possible, layer an audio material (like voice-over) to make the learning experience handy. Run it as a small project at first, but if it works, integrate VR into the curriculum.
VR grants students access to lectures anytime, anywhere
With the advent of standalone and smartphone-powered headsets, VR lessons won’t be conducted inside the classroom anymore. Yup! Students may view the lesson again whenever they want and wherever they may be. Even the students who skipped class have a way to catch up on the lessons.
The global classroom set-up is also a possibility. Imagine an Asian student from Japan immersed in a lecture done in Harvard, USA. Think about an Aussie engineering student taking an immersive VR lesson offered by a university in Europe. Students don’t need to shell so much money just to experience studying abroad! They don’t need to go far from home as well.
Best practices: Build a VR lab filled with high-resolution headsets and VR ready computers. Let this be their second library. (Don’t take down the original library just to build this because books are still vital to a student’s learning.)
The future workplace is VR-powered
A lot of industries are embracing VR. In our previous blog, we predicted that companies will use VR to enhance every department within their organization. This means that future workplaces are VR-powered. Today’s students must be prepared for that.
Best practices: Apart from the internship, use VR to train students inside the campus to ensure they are ready for deployment. Integrate these programs in the curriculum to make sure that every student has an equal opportunity to learn.
VR helps students choose their school
Imagine the parents of an Aussie student checking several virtual tours of the top UK and US universities before deciding where to send their kid for college.
That’s right. VR may help students and their parents choose the school where they’ll attend.
Being able to see the university’s premises, the student is less likely to get lost during his/her first day at school.
Best practices: Create a virtual tour of a university which showcases the facilities as well as the premises. Show how classrooms, laboratories, libraries, garden, dorm rooms etc, look like. When possible, insert fun facts about the school using the hotspots.
If you or your school is interested in engaging VIZ360 for VR projects, do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to work with you!