Instead of listening to a boring lecture on the ocean bed, what if you were given a VR headset where you can dive into the ocean and explore the rocks inside? You might fall in love with geology that very moment. That is the impact virtual reality can have on education.
The logic behind this is very simple. It may not take more than 48 hours to forget what your teacher told you about Winston Churchill. However, if you watch The Darkest Hour once, you’ll remember what you saw for a longer period of time. On the other hand, if you watched the same movie in a VR experience, where you could move around and see everything happening in the country, that experience might stay with you for a lifetime.
You get it, right? Visual experience makes a way greater impact on your mind than reading, listening or even watching for that matter. In other words, the more practical your learning mode, the better you’ll learn.
How Do Students Benefit from Virtual Reality in Education?
Virtual reality is really the combination of watching a video and taking a field trip. You are virtually present in the video that you’re watching here. It could even turn into a game for you, if your educators gave you some equipment like guns or surgical equipment, depending on the experience you’re going to get.
Here’s how VR will change the way you learn:
- Your interest level goes up.
- You become engaged in the experience you’re getting.
- As a result, you’ll retain what you learnt better.
- This will also enhance your creativity skills.
- If you’re a medical or military student, it’s a good way to start your training.
How Do Educators Benefit from VR?
Like we said above, Vr does give a combined experience of watching a movie and taking a field trip. One of the reasons why you need that is because a field trip is far more expensive than a VR headset. Moreover, not all videos, documentaries and movies are free. That’s how virtual reality comes to your rescue for cost-cutting.
Currently, you’re not getting the classroom to teach your students due to the pandemic anyway. Taking a field trip is impossible for this year when gathering in a classroom is also risky. However, giving your students a VR would mean giving them any experience while they’re sitting at home. They could be in the classroom, the lab or on a field trip at a virtual level.
So, for educators, virtual reality is beneficial for conducting distance learning at a reasonable price. Moreover, you can be assured your students are learning better as they’ll actually be interested in your subject.