Education must be better and schools must become more digital. How can virtual reality make education more efficient?
Children grow up in an increasingly digital society, but experience a method shock at school: knowledge is still taught in the old-fashioned way, curricula and learning methods are no longer up to date. The corona pandemic has further illustrated the digital misery of the German education system: the schools are not making any progress with digitization, the financing is getting tangled up in bureaucracy.
The private sector shows that there is another way. VR is already being used in education to improve knowledge transfer and learning outcomes. Aspiring doctors, for example, prepare for operations in VR simulations and trainees train on virtual machines without having to pause real production.
As a learning tool, VR expands the possibilities of knowledge transfer. There are numerous possible uses for VR applications in schools, vocational schools and universities.
Virtual reality makes teaching more diverse
Every chemistry teacher’s nightmare: an accident in the lab. In VR, on the other hand, accidents or risky experiments can be simulated in a targeted manner. In this way, knowledge is impressively conveyed without exposing the students to real danger.
Excursions to historical buildings or archaeological sites are also possible with VR. Students can see ancient architecture or excavations with their own eyes in three dimensions and in detail.
The one-dimensional perspective of the textbook is expanded through immersive and interactive experiences. As a learning tool, VR gives students access to interesting and educational experiences that would be limited or impossible in real life. This has a positive effect on learning motivation and learning success.
VR supports the learning process
The full immersion in virtual reality excludes distractions from the real world and supports the concentration of the students on the content that is really relevant for knowledge transfer.
Experience a beating heart in the body as a 3D visualization and in its original size? Stroll through the post-war Cologne Cathedral in VR? The experience factor helps to retain information better.
The immersive perception of the environment strengthens the feeling of spatial presence. This also makes difficult topics such as complex geometry easier to understand.
Teachers also benefit from VR technologies when designing their lessons. VR is not intended to abolish traditional teaching, but when used in a supportive manner, VR applications increase the potential for knowledge transfer.
VR in education is part of a holistic digitization strategy
VR teaching formats are therefore considered part of a holistic digitization strategy in educational institutions. The synergies with other technologies are an opportunity to further develop digital and effective teaching formats and to expand the training of teachers.
The German Gregor von Scherr secondary school in Neunburg, for example, has recognized this opportunity in the classroom. Together with VRdirect, it integrated VR teaching formats into biology, history and art classes.
The project was a complete success for the school: In addition to enthusiastic teachers and students, the school received an award from the Bavarian Ministry of Education for its “particularly innovative” idea.
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