Work from home and Online classes were our best friends during the pandemic. They probably saved corporations and educational institutes. People from every age group were sitting on the couch and ‘waiting for the host to join the meeting’.
You probably know the drill but you don’t know the outcomes of it if we talk about education. Just imagine yourself sitting in a chair for 2–3 hours in front of a screen, listening to your teacher, trying to pay attention to a lesson. Sounds boring right?!
Online was and is surely the safest way possible to study and It’s still required considering the current situation in mind. But the method needs to be updated. That’s where Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality come into the picture.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are the new generations of technology that bring inanimate things to life. It lets you interact with 3D models, objects, places, animals, humans, everything in real life.
Like If you are teaching the Solar system to your students, they probably have to imagine the universe, planets, and the placements of Planets but with Augmented Reality, they can simply experience this:
Not only the solar system but also human anatomy, science experiments, history, mathematics, anything, and everything can be visualized.
History still sounds boring? Maybe not, right!
History is all about studying things from the past. And it’s so exciting to learn how people and their lifestyles were back then. But only reading stories and staring at 2D edited photographs will make it boring. If you are teaching or studying 7 Wonders of World, instead of reading theories and imagining things, you can create a VR Tour of a place — let’s say the colosseum. You can educate students by adding text-based information, videos, GIFs, 3D models, and more to attract them.
It’ll engage your prospects, they will take interest in the place and will never forget the experience. Learning that your students will never forget! What more do you want?
Well those were the use cases of AR and VR in education and they must have left an impact on you but these are some more reasons to use AR and VR in education:
Easy and fun learning
Children are getting smarter and smarter every day. The biggest problem for tutors and parents is to force their children to study and to bribe them to study but now the tables have changed. Learning with AR and VR is so addictive even parents are enjoying it. The more students learn and interact with the subject or tutor the more they’ll comprehend the topic. And the best part is they’ll never forget the experience. Did you know a regular student can remember 30% of what they hear and 20% of what they see, but AR and VR stats confirm that students remember 90% of the material if it is learned through experiences? (Source)
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We can’t prevent natural disasters but we surely can reduce the outcomes by preparing ourselves. Just reading stories from newspapers and watching edited videos over the internet will not connect us with the people living in disaster-prone areas. And it’ll not teach us the precautions that they took or they should have taken too. That’s why VR experiences of disaster-prone areas are necessary especially for children. They can actually feel what it looks like to be in those situations and they’ll also learn the necessary steps and precautions. It’ll make the learning process more engaging and effective.
In Japan, a primary school created a VR experience of flash floods for children to teach them the danger of flash floods. Take a look!
Not only floods but earthquakes, forest fires, and many more disasters can be experienced In VR to teach the necessary steps and things that should have been avoided during that time.
To study human anatomy and animal anatomy, people used to do body dissection and study the different structures and elements. In science, there are still some schools forcing students to dissect frogs to study them thoroughly.
With VR and AR, students can study every single detail of Human anatomy as well as animal anatomy without doing any harm to either of them. They will get an immersive learning experience that will last for a long time.
Ease of Creation
After reading all these you will be wondering how kids are going to create VR/AR experiences themselves and it must be difficult to generate AR/VR experiences.
But creating VR and AR experiences is as easy as breathing. Anyone who knows how to use a keyboard and mouse can use Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality for their purposes.
With WebVR platforms, one doesn’t need a headset to experience VR, yes you read it right. With an easy-to-use interface and full automation, they just have to use a mouse and keyboard to create content from any device and browser.
And these are all just examples of how far VR/AR can do for remote learning. Knowing such diverse use cases, you can see how Virtual & Augmented reality is helping Educators Design a Whole New Learning Landscape to Deliver a more personalized, engaging, interactive, and adaptive learning experience Online.
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Here’s how Virtual & Augmented Reality is shaping the Future of Online Education was originally published in AR/VR Journey: Augmented & Virtual Reality Magazine on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.