By Shtakshi Tyagi, Senior Education Consultant,Veative Labs.
Flipping aside the regular classroom learning, the education sector is undergoing a transition to make the learning more intuitive and approachable. The concept of visual learning is thus, gaining momentum while providing meaningful learning experience to learners. In present world scope and methods of visual learning has expanded and is not just confined to graphs, charts, maps or diagrams but providing a immersive environment to students wherein they are able to practically engross themselves in concepts.
As suggested by various education experts, VR based immersive and experiential learning results in deeper retention of the subject matter, and high level of engagement in a distraction free environment. VR can transform the role of the teachers to become facilitator. VR based learning is clearly fostering the motivation and excitement in students for schools and subjects.
The education experts from VR companies in India have started to work with schools to conduct training workshops and pilot programs involving both teachers and students along with the participation of administrators. Education experts introduce the product and provide teachers and learners a chance to have hands-on experience with the cutting-edge learning tool. The Virtual Reality libraries and tool kits have the potential to let students absorb information at a faster pace without distractions.The virtual learning adds to a new dimension to the visual learning as it is followed by students immersing themselves to interactive environment thus, the content should be tailor made keeping in mind the specific learning tasks and their potential. As it is also said, ‘Content Is The King’ a contemporary saying still holds true in this case. The education institutions should make sure to go for comprehensive VReducational modules to provide interactive and immersive visual learningspace.
A wide variety of VR modules enhance student’s understanding of concepts such as photosynthesis, Pascal’s principle, relative motion, and many other math and science topics. These supplementary resources further enrich the learning experience for the majority of students as this method of delivery causes both excitement to interact with concepts and allows for deeper understanding through the use of visualization and experience. We believe that these experiences should be available to all, motivating everyone to learn, irrespective of their country, or present socioeconomic condition. This extensive VR educational library are in line with the school curriculum where learners can understand concepts through immersive and visual learning and are being able to interact with the content which is otherwise difficult and impossible. For example: a student can learn how plants make their own food by going inside a leaf in a virtual world. For easy and practical usability of VR in schools, virtual labs can be created to let learners do experiments, activities giving them opportunity to explore the content deeply. Such immersive visual learning will not only resonate in the minds of the students, but also help them to easily retain of everything they have experienced in the VR environment.
Technology and methods of teaching and learning in India have evolved at a laggard pace but are now witnessing an accelerated growth. The main reason has been the affordability of newly introduced technology and the fear of technology replacing educators. Similarly, as the concept of immersive learning is making strides, there are companies that are assuring new dimensions in education at veritably inexpensive price to enable the use of VR by a mass market.
While education experts admit that the VR/AR technology is showing up as a cutting edge in education, there is still no denying to the significant role of teachers. The crux of this scenario is that VR empowers teachers to become mentor and guide students in their VR lesson. Augmenting the current education system using digital innovation and immersive learning for the all learners and teachers is being a major breakthrough in education.
With the growing curiosity among educators about VR and as more and more experts try to acknowledge VR’s ability to provide a different and new side to visual learning, it will definitely pave way for its implementation across the globe while encouraging all stakeholders to adopt immersive technology in education space.