Virtual Reality and Learning, Education
What makes VR good for education?
Virtual reality can be used in classrooms to enhance student learning and engagement. VR can transform the way educational content is delivered; it works on the premise of creating a virtual world — real or imagined — and allows users to interact with it. Being immersed in what you’re learning motivates you to fully understand it. It’ll require less cognitive load to process the information.
Here are just a few properties that make VR so powerful for education.
Better sense of place
When students read about something, they often want to experience it. With VR, they aren’t limited to word descriptions or book illustrations; they can explore the topic and see how things are put together.
Thanks to the feeling of presence VR provides, students can learn about a subject by living it. It’s easy to forget that VR experiences aren’t real — a body actually believes it’s in a new place. This feeling engages the mind in a way that is remarkable.
Scale learning experiences
Technologies such as science labs are amazing — they allow students to understand how things work based on practical experience. But, such technologies are expensive and almost impossible to scale. They are also limited in the number of things they can do.
Learn by doing
It’s a well-known fact that people learn best by doing; however, if you inspect modern education, you’ll see how little learning actually happens by doing. Students are focused on reading instructions rather than using them in practice.
VR provides an experience anchor to the instruction. With VR, learners are inspired to discover for themselves. Students have an opportunity to learn by doing things rather by reading a book.