How Virtual Reality in Education Changes the Industry’s Landscape
VR and AR technology are at the forefront right now. Not that it is a revolution in technology — that is being done in robotics and AI. However, VR changes how we can receive information drastically. This opens up possibilities for virtual reality education and VR-aided school curriculums. Read on to learn how it can change education.
Lessons Available at Any Time
Unless your classroom is using a very sophisticated VR headset to teach students really advanced stuff like heart surgery, students can go back to the lesson.
Say your lesson teaches children about different types of frogs by showing them VR models they can interact with. It’s an app or VR room that they can use any time they feel like refreshing the knowledge.
This helps students follow their group even if they are sick or have missed a lesson.
VR-assisted learning accomplishes a great thing that our regular class system doesn’t. It’s personalization.
In a VR environment, each kid will have their own way to interact with the object of their lesson. Take the frog example. One kid will observe how they behave, another will touch them to take a closer look.
While this may seem unimportant, letting children learn their own way is very important for the learning process as a whole.
This research, for instance, says VR learning increases student motivation. The reasons for that are subject to debate, but let’s theorize.
The way our learning mechanisms work is we first take interest in a subject, and then start learning it. For instance, you saw a cool muscle car as a kid and started learning more about cars in general.
This is quite contrary to what we see in most classes. You have to sit, listen, memorize, and repeat. Not a whole lot of fun.
On top of that, VR is basically a game that teaches you something. You can’t find a person on Earth who’d prefer learning the old way to gaming.
Learning by Doing
We are creatures used to experimenting. We figure out how things work by iterations, not by studying the theory to the point of perfection.
Some things, for instance, cannot be fully understood without having a real thing in front of you and manipulating it. It doesn’t have to be real, it can be virtual now.
The reason you get a professional writer for hire in college is that you didn’t practice in writing enough and can’t handle a paper well. This is the same reason you get a mechanic that often – you don’t know how to fix a car apart from refilling oil.
Imagine if you could fix a hundred different problems with the engine in VR.
Try to recall the first memories you have. They are most likely the ones associated with strong emotion. The same works for the memories you hold dear, they’re all emotional.
Engaging on an emotional level, even just a bit, makes learning more fun and easy to remember. VR does just that. Even the older kids enjoy gamified education, let alone the first graders.
Many kids are shy or just don’t like the initial social awkwardness of doing educational roleplay. This research says the problem is way less presented when working with VR.
The thing is, our social fears are tied to our social image. When you are virtually anonymous on Twitter or are playing a character in World of Warcraft, you are free of social boundaries. You can tell that by the way people behave on Twitter.
The same thing applies to VR. When children are manipulating an avatar, they are more willing to roleplay.
Sense of Space
VR classes increase the level of spatial thinking in kids. This is especially true about subjects like geometry, physics, and chemistry.
Rotating molecules and cells in 3D when you are in full control works better than seeing a print in a textbook.
School is a good thing for basic education. The rest everyone has to obtain themselves. But for many, a bad school can form a stereotype that learning is dull.
Well, this study claims that there is a correlation between VR and the interest in learning beyond the class. VR education can launch a generation of young people who are passionate about learning. Considering you have to learn all your life to remain on top of things nowadays, it’s a great thing.
Every School Can Afford a Lab
Lab experiments are essential for forming an understanding of chemistry and a scientific mindset. They’re very expensive, however.
With VR, a lab won’t cost you more than a single app. You don’t have to stop on chemistry either. Your students can do experiments on any subject!
Education Is Facing Change
While AI will change the world as we know it, VR is going to change education. It is so in tune with how we have evolved to learn that you can’t pass it as an educational opportunity.
If you’re an educator, start incorporating it now. If you’re a student, expect your kids to be learning in VR.