The Power of Immersive Technology in Education and Skill Development
To truly understand another person’s point of view we’re asked to ‘put ourselves in their shoes’. This is a tactic generally used to get a better understanding of the problem or situation by fostering empathy, humility, conflict resolution and tolerance. Immersive and novel perspective-taking simulations can help learners truly understand the world around them and inculcate behavior change through empathy building. This will ultimately lead to Emotional Intelligence improvement.
Knowledge Retention and Reinforcement
We found that students reported higher test scores after using our High School Biology VR content for 5-10 minutes every day for a week. Not only were there scores higher at the end of their week of using VR, they also reported higher scores on a test taken a few weeks later. Immersion can create a lasting impact on the user. This medium supports higher knowledge retention and is a great tool for reinforcement.
Eliminates Language Barriers
The world is shrinking with globalization. Travel has become easier, yet communication is still a challenge in today’s multicultural societies. Linguistic barriers can be lifted in the world of learning through VR, which can be created in any language. Students trying to learn a new language can practice through immersion. Rather than travelling to a new location to learn, they can ‘travel’ using VR to practice their skills. VR is also a great distance learning tool, since students can watch simulations in both the language they know and the language they are trying to learn to make connections, rather than only in the classroom.
Why Virtual Reality?
VR increases factual knowledge retention and test scores
Positive Behavior Change
VR enables learning through experiences which help boost positive behavioural patterns and reduce implicit and unconscious stereotyping.
VR promotes deeper, critical thinking through building user engagement and confidence.
Training and Simulation
VR affords the simulation of difficult real-life scenarios and experiences that can be used for training and experimentation.
Now no place is far away; from up in the Arctic to deep inside Pacific, to seeing an elephant or a microbe. Just hop on and bring along your sense of wonder!
With perspective taking VR experience, we learn about the world beyond our own surroundings, thereby helping us not only see life through another lens but truly understanding and feeling through another perspective.