Using virtual reality as an educational tool is no longer a fantasy, but a reality for many educational institutions. The creation of VR content can substantially enhance the field of education, bringing multiple advantages and opportunities to the traditional classroom. Success with VR in the field of education is happening now and with greater accessibility to VR devices in the classroom, VR is now becoming an integral part of education systems all over the world.
What’s in it for the students?
There are reasons why VR is the technology that holds the potential to revolutionize the field of education: visibility, engagement, safety and focus.
The application of VR technology in education fully immerses students into a given subject, transforming learning into an engaging, game-like process. Using VR, students become active within the learning process, assessing and solving interactive tasks. For example, they could go rafting down the Amazon River or learn fire-fighting techniques – without any risk to their safety.
Virtual environments using real footage and computer graphics immerse students into the world of a given subject, commanding a student’s full concentration, being able to focus completely on the content. VR empowers us by taking learning, comprehension, and engagement to a completely new level.
Not just for students in the classroom
Any of the developed VR educational courses can be adapted for self-learning as well. The lessons can be accessed through online stores, such as Steam, the Oculus Store, Apple’s App Store, and Google Play Market. Every student can study and experience the material independently by using a simple VR device, like Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR.
With the advancement of more affordable VR solutions – the field of education will soon be revolutionized, providing students all over the world with opportunities that they would never have had by simply attending regular classes.
Medical students can experience and practice operations. Even experienced surgeons can benefit, by practicing a surgical procedure before they undertake it for real.
Think airline pilots, soldiers, and engineers. All of these professions would benefit from being able to practice within an immersive VR experience.
Imagine being able to travel anywhere and having access to experiences all over the world. I was recently fortunate enough to shoot VR 360 video in India traveling from Calcutta to Varanasi on a riverboat along the Ganges. I’ve also shot all over Cuba and am heading to Peru in 2 weeks to shoot VR in Cusco and Machu Pichu. Visiting these places through VR, provides insight that cannot be gained in the classroom or from a book.
Virtual Reality enables people to experience these situations and offers access to experiences that would be otherwise impossible to access.
Let me know what other uses you think there might be for VR in the classroom.
About Mike Wetmore:
Mike is a partner with Those Canadians Media Group, a company producing branded content and VR 360 stories for some of the biggest brands in the world. Our clients include UFC, Facebook, The International Olympic Committee, Export Development Canada, G-Adventures, Hockey Canada, Tennis Canada, Skate Canada, Rogers Sportsnet and many others. To learn more or get in touch, visit www.thosecanadians.com