Why is virtual reality important for education?
Although virtual reality is an emerging piece of technology, it provides great opportunities for roles, stepping into places, and experiences that had been impossible previously or inaccessible.
By the use of this digital technology, in the same way of watching movies in virtual realities, learning can take place socially, experimentally, scenario-based learning as well as workplace training. This offers precise interaction with the virtual world which represents the real world situation. This technology will help learners to train and have experience of concepts that might be difficult to explain but through experiences they can be easily understood.
Virtual reality will make learning more comfortable and enjoyable for students. Virtual reality is important in education through the various ways;
- Travelling and exploring the world without leaving the classroom
Virtual reality makes travelling and world exploration while still in the classroom possible which was previously impossible due to time constraints. The students can experience a visit to the museum through virtual reality without stepping into a bus.
- Experiencing careers first hand
Learners can experience the life of a surgeon, soldier, museum curator and other professionals through the use of virtual reality.
- Exploring oceans and space
Learners have a natural instinct for adventure and therefore virtual reality offers an opportunity for them to explore the vastness of space and depths of the ocean. This will enable students to satisfy their curiosity without travelling in submarines and rocket ships.
- Exploration of the human body
Virtual reality has developed the concept of anatomy offering a new dimension in understanding human internal organs because surgeons can see directly the skeletal structure and their functioning.
- Improve student’s creativity
Students are offered a platform to showcase their creativity by creating their own experience from their ideas and imaginations.
- Learning occurs everywhere
Virtual reality has offered the new digital idea that the process of learning can be done in anywhere. The aim of learning through virtual reality is giving a student the experience that is important for the process of learning. The development of current technological world will require experiences in reality rather than theoretically for effective performance in any field.
- More learning and less competition
The current education system has made students to be focused on competing against their peers instead of concentrating in the learning experience. This system has made career definition to students to be a matter of good grades and passing examinations instead of being motivated to equip themselves with strategic actual learning. Virtual reality tools provide learners with opportunity to learn from their own space thus having a choice in creating environments that are not focused on competition but rather driven by positive reinforcement. Virtual reality tools enhance the learner’s abilities in retaining information thereby better and deeper understanding.
- Enhancement of social integration
Virtual reality will generate a platform for students who struggle to be part of a class group, but when they acquire skills in this digital technology, they will be accepted by their peers. Some learners also have the chance of showing their skills in technology. Virtual reality will also motivate students to learn as they have real virtual experience of the real world.
- Promoting motivation
The experience of the real world through virtual reality will motivate students as they experience activities which might be impossible in the real world situation. For example, a visit to a construction site, in virtual reality the students can move around the construction site as compared to real world situation which is impossible. When a learner needs to pursue their career they can experience the situation virtually giving them prior picture of their future careers thereby motivating them and better performance in the real situation.
- Inspiring creativity in learning
The creation of an imaginary world in virtual reality breaks the barriers that were present in traditional education. Virtual reality tools help learners to develop creatively by offering platforms so that they may implement their ideas. Students are known to have great levels of imagination thus having a space to showcase this creativity will make them develop and think creatively.
Virtual reality aims at making changes in the way students and teachers learn both outside and inside the classroom. This digital technology will enable students to be successful in their career fields because virtual reality had offered an artificial experience of their career. The current world’s workers are working remotely with limited time and space, therefore reaching them is a challenge, but virtual reality tools will enable students to learn remotely without being in the actual place saving on time and money. The conventional teaching methods do not promote platforms for creativity and freedom of exploration as compared to virtual reality where learners are able to freely express their ideas without interference.