How to VR is Shaping

How We Learn and Teach

What’s all the buzz about Virtual Reality? Only its ability to bring the digital world to life, rendering its applications virtually endless (pun intended).

Unsurprisingly, VR has permeated numerous industries such as engineering, aviation, medical and of course, education. 

As educational institutions are recognizing the benefits of VR and putting it to use, education as we know it is starting to look quite different. Let’s see how!

 

VR Maintains Students’ Focus on Learning

The interactive content that students watch on their mobile phones and tablets have decreased attention spans. 

The Economic Times reports that our consistent use of technology has rewired our brains and shortened our attention spans from 12 minutes to 5 minutes. 

Children are used to fast-changing images and content, so maintaining their focus with textbook material is no longer effective. This is where VR comes in handy. Because of its interactive nature, the learning material is better able to lock in students’ focus.

Unfortunately, we can’t take away the damage that has been done on people’s concentration spans, but we can adapt the teaching to new generations. 

 

VR Can Motivate Students for Better Academic Achievements

Traditional educational institutions stress theoretical knowledge more than practical. Without experiencing why the material they are learning matters, students aren’t motivated to thrive. 

VR introduces customized academic material, providing students with real situations instead of abstract knowledge.

Students are more motivated to learn when the learning material is entertaining—when they’re literally immersed inside of the material. It just so happens that Glimpse Group subsidiary, Early Adopter, has a passion for immersive and engaging learning. With products like Earth Quest, students are given the means for learning about geosciences, by working in their own virtual science lab.

 

VR Creates a Safe Learning Environment

Learning processes such as chemical experiments are risky. VR alleviates the pressures teachers face when presenting hazardous material to students without sacrificing the quality of education delivered.

Hannah Perry, a Chemistry teacher and contributor writer at Subjecto and GrabMyEssay, shared her thoughts on using VR in the classroom, “As a chemistry teacher, I am a big supporter of VR. Students will be able to practice what we teach, but we won’t have to fear that one careless second will lead to something horrible.”

With this type of technology, the sky is the limit. VR can ensure safety for aviation students too! Beginners can gain some experience with flying without endangering their lives.  

 

VR Boosts Creativity

VR can turn you from a content consumer to a content creator! Students won’t be just passive learners. They’ll be encouraged to get their creative juices flowing and create content on their own.

Take Early Adopter’s XR Creator Studio as an example. The Creator Studio is a tool that allows users to paint in 3D space with Virtual Reality. By using VR tools such as this, students will be able to use their imagination to create new forms of art.

VR Can Bring Students Closer to Technology

Technology is present in almost every career. The sooner students get familiar with it, they’ll have better opportunities in the future. VR will help students embrace technology and start using it from an early age.

Experts in technology agree that introducing VR in education can help raise children’s awareness of the importance of technology.

AR and VR content and technical writer at SupremeDissertations claims that:

“…using VR in classrooms can show students that technology isn’t something they should fear. I’ve seen many talented students who have the nick for technology but didn’t have the opportunity to experience it early on. VR will give everyone a chance to get to know the world of technology a little better.”

 

VR Benefits Visual Learners

Approximately 65% of the population are visual learners. That makes up the majority of students. Using VR will ensure that visuals learners are provided with a suitable approach. Visual learners have a great sense of space, which again will be emphasized and practised through VR. 

Even auditory learners (about 30% of the population) will benefit from VR since it usually includes oral presentations. Therefore, VR helps different types of learners to take in the material in a form that suits them best. 

 

VR Can Help Create Better Student-Teacher Relationships

Many students perceive teachers as their enemies. They are the ones who make them study, do boring tasks and take difficult tests. This can change with the help of VR.

Teachers and students can both enjoy the virtual environment and therefore, strengthen their relationships. When teachers provide students with something they find engaging and enjoyable, students may become more fond of them.

From a teacher’s perspective, troublesome students become less of a challenge when the classroom environment is under control.

Creating avatars in VR, mapping expressions and similar fun activities can help shy students open up and be more communicative with their teachers and peers. 

 

VR is Entertaining

Most students associate learning with words such as “boring,” “tiring,” and “exhausting.” Possessing such a negative preconception serves as a hindrance for children from doing their best.

VR can change students’ perspectives on learning. It can show them that learning can be fun and entertaining.

Not only will this help students learn faster, but it will also make them more open to different learning possibilities. They can be inspired to take additional courses and explore different educational options.

What VR can accomplish is to help students look at learning as a fun and exciting journey. Such an attitude towards learning is very difficult to bring out in traditional classrooms.

 

Final Thoughts

Evolution is inevitable for any society’s progress. This type of evolution is taking on the form of VR in the education industry by transforming traditional monotonous education into engaging learning opportunities.

Students will now have hands-on approaches to learning rather than struggling with dry information. The primary goal lies in solving how to make education more effective, engaging, and therefore impactful for our students. The solution lies in the possibilities of VR.




Bridgette Hernandez is a freelance writer with a focus on technology and innovation. Currently, she is working as a technical writer at TopEssayWriting.

 

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