Negosentro.com | How VR will change the way we learn | Virtual Reality is an artificially created world in which the user is immersed with special gadgets. Besides already known VR glasses, you can use a helmet, special screens, or even a device that projects images to the retina. You can also add controllers to interact with the virtual world. Specially equipped rooms allow experiencing a complete immersion in virtuality, where besides visual effects, you can sniff and feel.
VR technology began to develop relatively recently, after the release of Oculus Rift CV1 gear. This invention significantly boosted the VR market. In 2016 the VR and AR market was estimated at $ 6 billion, and by 2021, it will reach $ 209 billion.
Virtual reality not only demonstrates to the user a scene but allows us to be a part of it. You can see things in a new way and feel like a different person. VR will change everything: lifestyle, work, advertisement, gameplay. Another area that VR technology can radically transform is education.
VR and the learning process
The general idea of using virtual reality is to empower humans in their interaction with the environment. For education, this innovative approach entirely changes the way of material presentation. The process of learning transforms from traditional study to live experience. Everything that cannot be created in the real world for technical, economic, or physical reasons can be made in the virtual world. You can visit places that are inaccessible in reality. You can see electric and magnetic fields, prehistoric animals, underwater worlds, ancient countries, planets, and asteroids.
The vast majority of people prefer a visual approach: we perceive 90% of all the information entering our brain visually. It makes learning using VR more effective than using texts and even videos due to an engagement effect.
How to use VR in learning?
This technology can be introduced literally to any subject.
In physics, it can simulate the most famous research projects of recent years: the Large Hadron Collider or a detector of gravitational waves. Seeing the processes from inside change the whole understanding of the laws of physics.
When learning foreign languages, live communication with a native speaker is inevitable. VR allows you to get into spaces where you can interact with other users. For example, you find one of the Portuguese tutors online and get into one space to communicate and complete tasks. Such an interactive format will be interesting for students of any age.
In the study of history, students can get acquainted with three-dimensional exhibits of museums of the world. VR will recreate cities, battles or other historical events. The ability to feel the atmosphere of ancient times will compete with any historical textbook.
In the field of geography, modern 360-degree cameras allow users to shoot three-dimensional panoramas and videos. Many researchers, travelers, and just tourists share a lot of material about mountains, oceans, flights, volcanoes, poles. VR helps students see the far corners of our planet and support their interest in travel.
In biology, technology makes it possible to scale to the size of organs, cells, or even DNA molecules. You can even watch the process of DNA replication.
During chemistry classes, VR makes it possible to carry out dangerous or expensive experiments and study the structure of atoms and molecules.
The main benefit of VR for learning is the direct involvement of the student in the process, which gives the highest effectiveness. Thus, one lesson in the virtual world can successfully replace dozens of ordinary ones.