Quality education is the cornerstone for building a secure, successful future, and knowledge transfer has been a top priority for the human race since the beginning of time. With Gen-Z becoming more exposed to cutting-edge technologies, educators are constantly looking for ways to make education interactive, engaging, and more effective. In the era of digital transformation, we have the opportunity to improve the learning experience by using leading-edge technology.
Don't you think it is time we did something to improve the knowledge transfer process?
Immersive technology like Virtual Reality (VR) in education appears to be the natural next phase for the evolution of education. When you hear the word 'virtual reality,' you may associate it with the gaming and entertainment industry, but VR is not limited to just those industries. Virtual reality is making its mark in diverse fields, including education. Many institutions have started to adopt VR in classrooms, helping teachers add innovative teaching techniques and deliver a better learning experience.
So, why be late to the VR party?
Virtual reality in education has the potential to transform learning as we know it and help students better comprehend complex concepts and retain information longer.
On January 25, 2022, XR Guru is conducting a webinar on "How Students Learn Better with Virtual Reality." This webinar will discuss how students can benefit from using virtual reality in education.
Join us to get insights on virtual reality learning.
Here is a recap of our blog:
- What is Virtual Reality?
- Why VR Education?
- Virtual Reality in Education is Becoming More Accessible
- 7 Splendid Ways VR Can Enhance Learning Experience
- Visualized Learning
- Experiential Learning - Learn by Doing
- Game-Based Learning
- Heightened Student Engagement
- Safe Environment to Practice
- Better Teacher–Student Collaboration
- Confidence Boost in Soft Skills Training
- Explore New Possibilities with VR Learning
What is Virtual Reality?
Before we delve into the benefits of VR-based learning, it is important to understand a few basics about the technology. Virtual reality (VR) is a computer-generated simulation that changes the user's perception of the environment and allows interaction with 3D digital elements. You can think of virtual reality (VR) as a way to 'teleports' yourself to an environment where you are not physically present. VR technology can create unrealistic scenarios, or it can be used to replicate a real-life experience.
Why VR Education?
"The only source of knowledge is experience." - Albert Einstein.
The best way to learn is through experience. VR in education enables you to do just that.
Think about it, why read books when you can learn by doing?
VR in classrooms allows learners to experience subjects first-hand and 'visit' environments that would normally be inaccessible.
Unlike a traditional classroom, VR presents a great opportunity to interact with 3D graphical elements and helps teachers keep students engaged throughout the lesson.
Let's be honest, learning through gaming and visual elements does not feel like exhaustive work.
Further, VR helps students retain information for a prolonged period. In fact, according to the National Training Labs, USA, the retention rates are 75% for VR learning, whereas it is as low as 5% and 10% for traditional methods like lectures and reading respectively.
Are you excited about the potential of VR? Join our webinar for insights on using virtual reality to improve student learning.
Virtual Reality in Education is Becoming More Accessible
Virtual reality has existed in the realm of education for quite some time, but it has recently soared to popularity as it has become increasingly cost-effective. Because of dramatic decreases in the cost of VR equipment and software development, it has become very affordable. The dramatic drop in prices has resulted in greater accessibility and more educational institutions considering and adopting VR learning. A report predicts the global AR and VR market in education to reach $22.4 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 14.6% during 2022–2027. The increasing demand for interactive and engaging educational content is one of the key factors driving the VR education market forward.
APAC and North America segments of the market are projected to grow significantly and the shift to tech-based education after the pandemic is having a positive impact on the market growth.
7 Splendid Ways VR Can Enhance Learning Experience
Virtual reality can augment the learning process by offering learners memorable and immersive experiences. In addition, these experiences can all be enjoyed within the comfort of a classroom.
Here are some ways in which VR in schools can enhance the educational experience.
1. Visualized Learning
Wouldn't it be better if students learned with 3D interactive visuals, graphics rather than just reading textbooks?
Often people prefer to learn through visual modes to reading or listening to lectures. Humans process images faster than text and remember visual experiences for a long time. The ability to visualize complex mechanisms and functionalities makes them easier to understand. Using VR in classrooms, teachers can create immersive simulations, visuals, role-plays that can spur students' curiosity and inspire them to be more involved in classroom activities.
2. Experiential Learning - Learn by Doing
"Learning is more effective when it is an active process rather than a passive one."
It is well-known that people learn better by doing. However, even in this modern era, institutions are not properly equipped for hands-on learning. Students spend more time reading instructions and theories rather than putting them into practice.
Isn't it more productive to study and practice what you learned?
With virtual reality in education, students have the opportunity to practice and explore subjects. Virtual reality enables students to learn by doing rather than passively reading. Furthermore, stats show that students learning through VR learn information 4 times faster than students in a classroom.
3. Game-Based Learning
What would you rather do, read through a 50-page chapter or play a game to understand a concept?
Playing a game sounds more fun, right?
One of the best ways of teaching complex topics to children is through games. Virtual reality adds a new dimension to educational games. VR games are better than conventional learning games for they offer better interactivity. VR helps students remember the concepts they come across in virtual games. Game-based VR learning combined with the proper reward structure adds an element of competition and motivates students to invest more time in academic activities.
4. Heightened Student Engagement
In today's climate, most teachers have to compete with smartphones and other electronic/digital gadgets for students' attention.
With virtual reality in classrooms, students are significantly more focused on the subject matter. The immersive nature of VR simulations helps to eliminate distractions or interruptions. Kids nowadays are more exposed and comfortable with technology, so cutting-edge tech like VR in schools will help educators elevate student engagement levels. A study shows learners in VR classrooms are 4 times more focused than their e-learning counterparts and 1.5 times more focused than students in a traditional classroom setup.
5. Safe Environment to Practice
"Knowledge without practice is useless. Practice without knowledge is dangerous."
We have to ponder the question, 'Are we equipped with the necessary tools to deliver practical education?'
Unfortunately, most of the time the answer is no. Most schools do not have the money or physical space to construct state-of-the-art laboratories. In addition, after the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are utilizing online modes of education, which lack practical, hands-on elements. However, incorporating virtual reality in education promotes an experiential learning approach and presents a safe environment for learners to sharpen their skills. VR greatly reduces the risk associated with real-life training activities and allows students to practice and learn from their mistakes.
6. Better Teacher-Student Collaboration
When you think of VR learning, you may assume that technology in classrooms takes away the teacher–student dynamic. Nothing could be farther from the truth for VR actually helps teachers and students better collaborate. Using VR, teachers can connect with students in one-on-one sessions and focus solely on an individual student. This approach helps to eliminate the anxiety of a student being afraid to ask something in front of the entire classroom for fear of embarrassment.
7. Confidence Boost in Soft Skills Training
VR experiences can come in handy for soft skills training. When it comes to learning soft skills, such as learning a new language or practicing public speaking, confidence is the key to propelling a student to success. Since VR offers an immersive, low-stress environment to practice, VR learning leads to a higher confidence level and improved ability to apply the skills in real life. For instance, when learning a new language, students can participate in virtual events and debates or connect with a native speaker through VR to improve their proficiency in said language.
Explore New Possibilities with VR Learning
Immersive Education = Better Learning
Virtual reality in education is on the rise, and it will undoubtedly transform the educational scene for the better. Classrooms in the future will be technologically advanced, with virtual reality making education interactive, fun, engaging, and helping teachers build a strong relationship with students. VR in schools can inspire the next generation of students to innovate and build a better future.
As VR becomes more advantageous, accessible, and affordable, educators should be ready to incorporate these technologies in the classroom. So, are you ready to join the VR transformation and reap the benefits?
Do you want to adopt VR in your school? XR Guru is a next-gen application that brings learning to life through immersive experiences. With an expansive content library, tools to create unique content and improve student engagement, XR Guru is the platform to choose to deliver an immersive, engaging learning experience.
Join Us for Our Next Webinar
Title: How Students Learn Better with Virtual Reality
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Once you create content, you can share it with your own users or share it with our global user network. You can even monetize the content access! Content can be viewed on Oculus VR, iPad, Android tablets, and Chromebooks.
If you cannot attend, register anyway and we will send you the recording.
Host: Doug Smith
When and Where:
1:30 p.m. EST, Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Zoom Link (sent after registration)
Goal: To help educators create immersive experiences in schools and illustrate the benefits of a VR-based learning approach.
Who Should Join:
- Subject Matter Experts
- Content Creators
- Administrators, and
- Those willing to incorporate VR in education.
Highlights of the Webinar:
- Learn the research on VR/AR learning
- Learn the benefits of adopting VR in classrooms
- View samples of immersive content
- Learn how to access our free Authoring Tool
- View samples of content you can create in our Authoring Tool
Outcome: Attending this webinar can help you understand how embracing Virtual reality technology can offer a better learning experience to students.