What is Virtual Reality?Virtual Reality is a simulated experience that places the user in virtual environment that they can interact with. It allows users to visit imaginary worlds or places that may be impossible to visit in real life. There are two key characteristics of virtual reality that make it different: the ability to experience and interact.
This gives the user a sense of complete immersion within the simulation as it involves the senses. It makes it more believable and engaging for the user. This considered, VR has been proven to a powerful resource that can aid conventional learning methods.
Virtual Reality in Education & Training
The benefits of VR in education and training are being discovered. Humans learn by interacting. They derive and retain information from their environment. Virtual reality-based learning provides an immersive teaching method that allows users to interact with environments around them. Memory retention increases when learning through interactivity. Abstract concepts or situations that no longer exist can be experienced through VR, opening up many possibilities that did not previously exist.
In June 2017 I made history by becoming the first teacher to ever deliver a professional development session for educators from inside virtual reality. The event was a huge success and I am now hosting sessions on a regular basis. So far educators from over 25 countries have attended the sessions and the numbers are growing fast. All sessions are free to attend and take place inside the ENGAGE platform from Immersive VR Education.
ENGAGE is going to move us so far beyond our brick and mortar here at Shenandoah. We’re going to have the ability to help companies and entities nationally. Rapid training and retraining of individuals is becoming essential. It’s important to be able to efficiently and cost-effectively train employees in the newest and best practices.