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Role of Virtual Reality in Education Industry

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Introduction of Virtual Reality Technology

Technology has taken a stronghold and is governing almost every aspect of a person’s daily life. Today, technology plays an important role in Education as well. Virtual reality in educational space has emerged, as an integral part of classrooms all over the world. Virtual reality, haptic feedback, augmented reality, mixed reality; there is a very thin line between technological realities which is now becoming blurred, as they are being grouped under one term: artificial reality.

Although, something that needs to be addressed first is the implementation of this new technology to its ideal learning potential as a multi-sensory educational tool. VR can offer countless opportunities and can be attained by adding it to the lesson plan of traditional classroom; it is not intended to be a replacement. VR is not only a amalgamation of the real world and artificial reality together but also giving students the prospects to create a simulated digital world.

Virtual Reality lets the educator to engage students from a variety of learning styles. Students, who can’t understand traditional educational methods, have a boon in the form of VR which provides them an enriching experience. At times it is easier to see and hear something than have it explained to us. Being immersed into a virtual world occasionally will allow students to step out of the classroom environment. VR gives a three-dimensional view of the educational content, in turn significantly improving the learning experience. This naturally increases the grades and permits a better application of the content in real life.

VR allows “Hands-On” Knowledge of Anatomy

Virtual reality provides the students of various streams the increased personal engagement and interactivity. It allows the students to have a virtual hands-on approach, which a traditional learning set up lacks. Medical students have benefitted greatly with VR technology, as it lets them comprehend the layers of the body with a more thorough understanding and gives them the ability to mimic real-life trauma situations.

VR role in Vocational Skill Improvement

Students in skill development programmes can experience of a real-life incidence in their desired career field without getting their hands dirty, such as learning how tale apart and repair a vehicle engine or experience the life of a petroleum technician in the middle of an oil rig. It will enhance the ability of engineering students to see insides of the machines in while they ar ein motion or how they function in real world.

VR in Education

Without doubt VR is on the threshold of education and will make 21st century classrooms technologically advanced places of learning. With VR technology students’ engagement and learning can be significantly increased.

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