The world of technology is evolving. Virtual reality is used in so many fields today in healthcare, fashion, gaming, and engineering, among others. Virtual reality is making its mark in the education sector as well. Want to know how? Let me tell you. But before that let’s understand what virtual reality actually is.
Virtual reality is a new technology that enables people to engage in a virtually created environment. It is not on a screen, and users can actually interact with the environment. It is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. Unlike the visuals or screens, the students wear the VR gear and can interact with the virtual world.
Want to know how this is the bright future for education? It is one solution to the constraints of traditional learning methods. Traditionally we focused on giving knowledge and helped students retain that knowledge. Now with the new technology, and support of the internet, where we can gain any knowledge with a click our focus should shift. However, it hasn’t.
The traditional methods have the lowest fact retention capacity. Students have to imagine instead of experiencing whatever they learn. They also find it difficult to comprehend a lot of information. Also, with large groups of students, there is very little personalization and more rote learning which won’t be helpful to the students.
Virtual reality solves all these obstacles. Students will have a personalized experience. They not only see the concepts they want to learn but can also engage and interact. This gives them the actual experience of the things they are trying to learn. The best knowledge is what we gain by experience, likewise, virtual reality helps students to gain knowledge by actually doing and immersing themselves in the experience.
Statistics also show that knowledge retention is more than 50% in virtual reality compared to less than 10% in the traditional learning methods. This also helps to increase the creative abilities of the students. The exposure the students gain will be manifold. This knowledge will give them more expertise in their career.
Just imagine if you want to learn about the pyramid of Giza in Egypt, and using virtual reality you can actually experience going there and seeing the pyramids. You can actually feel that the huge pyramids are in front of you. Don’t you think that you will remember such an experience better than studying from a book or a screen?
That is the power of virtual reality. In the coming future, we can surely expect students to learn using this method. The students will gain amazing hands-on learning, without leaving the classroom. Virtual reality is going to change the entire platform of the education sector, making it more relatable, meaningful, and valuable.