This article is focused on virtual reality. In today’s generation, young adults are glued to electronic devices more in comparison to their parents. This makes technology a vital part in their daily life. From online social media to mobile applications and games. Virtual reality benefits are very many. The education sector stands to benefit most. Thus incorporating virtual reality methods in a classroom set up is very important. Having in mind different students have diverse learning styles, some may be against virtual reality lessons. In order to balance old fashioned teaching practices should be merged with virtual methods. This ensures everybody is happy with the method being used (Inclusivity). Benefits of virtual reality learning may include.
- Captures the attention of students.
Since most students are used to visual activities, their attention is very easy to capture. When virtual reality learning methods are used the attention of most students is diverted to classwork. This ensures that all students are attentive listening and watching what is happening. This creates a passive group of learners.
- Gives students a hands on approach.
Students are eager to watch, listen and know what happens next. Students go a notch higher and try to formulate possible answers to what happens next. Their concentration is on a single purpose which is class work. In such a scenario students are given a hands on approach.
- There is engagement of the students immediately.
A virtual reality lesson keeps everyone anxious and unawares. Take an example of a business class. A virtual reality model involving a stock exchange market might be used. In the market certain variables are introduced. The instructor is at will to pick any student randomly and ask him a question. Will the stock prices increase or decrease, show that using an arrow and how will that affect the price of other securities. In such a case there is student engagement in teaching immediately.
- Aids in understanding of complex theories.
Education is known to be hard. Some theories have been proven hard and difficult to understand compared to others. The hardest theories exist in engineering, medicine and economic classes. Virtual reality lessons are used to break up the theories to shorter subtopics which are easy to understand. In medicine and engineering classes the technology goes a step further. In medicine a visual image of a human being and the internal organs may be displayed. In some rare cases immersive virtual reality laboratories exist. This makes it quite easy to explain and understand complex theories.
- Enhances memorability.
Scientific experiments have proven it is much easier to remember what one watches and sees compared to what we read or hear. Virtual reality has been used to create audio visual explanations and examples. This makes it very easy for learners to internalize and remember concepts. To most young adults it is easier to remember scenes from a movie compared to classwork notes. Virtual reality has helped in elimination of such instances. Class work has been restructured to resemble a movie.
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