Future of Learning – Virtual Reality
Technology has come a long way ever since the very first computer was invented. Today, technology has seeped deep into all areas of life and learning is one such area where technology is making a deep impact.
Virtual reality is the next paradigm shift in education technology as it revamps the way learning happens. Traditional educational apps are quite effective, but they do have their limitations. Virtual reality helps to engage users at a level more immersive than videos or games. For instance, the atomic structure of most elements can be visually represented through an image or a video, however, Virtual Reality takes it a step further, by adding the element of immersion. And as a result, the student can interact with the simulation and view various perspectives. This translates to a deeper understanding of the concept.
Similarly, concepts such as DNA Structure, the structure of plant cell or animal cell are better explained through the lens of a VR headset. Things that we cannot see, or recreate can be viewed and comprehended effectively with VR. Another interesting example is to see what the surface of a star, such as our sun looks like. For obvious reasons, students have no way to actually experience what the surface feels like in person, however, with the help of VR, users have an immersive opportunity to explore what the surface looks like, recreated in high fidelity.
Stars are massive objects, but on the other side of the spectrum, animal cells are a treasure trove of information for students, but pictorial illustrations and video references are just not as effective as VR. To see a cell, with all its cell-organelles performing its respective function would be a sight to behold.
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