Virtual Reality in Education: What Does the Future Hold?
The virtual realm has endless possibilities for future development in how we perceive our own reality. It can create a completely new environment in an ultra believable way right before our very eyes.
For education, this is an exciting new technology with many avenues to explore. We could transport our pupils to interactive learning environments or create training programmes that mimic the real world. Virtual classrooms could become the norm in teaching and education in the future.
Presently, virtual reality devices can be used to improve your presentation skills such as confidence. Practicing your presentation in different environments can ensure you deliver on the day. Virtual reality offers live feedback on the volume of your voice and your visual body language.
VR can successfully mould different aspects of teaching and could prove to be an invaluable tool. If VR teaching becomes a job of the future, it is vitally important we understand its current and future capabilities.
VR offers students the chance to practice their skills in front of an audience without fear of embarrassment or failure. This could lead to better performance when faced with the real situation. In particular, students with learning difficulties could benefit from recreating real situations in the virtual world. This technology could prove to be a vita;l tool in helping weaker and vulnerable students.
Learning through VR could develop empathy in younger people as different training scenarios could be played out featuring such topics as bullying and abuse. This would create a real sense of realism that could connect pupils to the topic in a much more authentic and emotional way. Alongside this, stressful life situations such as interviews could be recreated so pupils enter these life events with more confidence.
Combining these tools together in one package could create stimulating curriculums of the future. These packages could help train teachers and students no matter what country they live in across the globe. Pointers and feedback could be all part of the experience and qualifications could be awarded by users abilities to pass certain sections within the package. Effectively, this means that you could train to be a teacher whilst sitting or standing in your living room.
Teachers will need to engage with this new technology if it is to be used well. Teachers must work with developers to ensure the scenarios are like the real world. Teaching and learning could be driven into new territories based on confidence.
The content will play a big part in VR’s success. No longer will students have to learn about historical our geographical topics from a book or the internet,. They could be right there, in the middle of the action. This approach is surely more engaging and fun. Dangerous experiments and even performing medical procedures could be learned from a much younger age as VR would pose no real threat to anybody in the real world.
These are simply a small amount of examples. No one really knows how the future will pan out but one thing's for sure, VR is an exciting opportunity to improve education.