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“We believe VR/AR technology has the potential to be a standard tool in education and could revolutionise the way in which students are taught for both the K-12 segment (pre-college) and higher education.”

Dave Dolan Veative VR Learn director of product management

How immersive Virtual Realty is changing Education:

  1. RETENTION
  2. ENGAGEMENT
  3. DISTRACTION FREE

Research suggests that visualisation and a VR environment strengthen the connection between a student and a concept, possibly heightening retention. It is about participating in the learning process, having actual/virtual experiences, and enjoying the process in a self-paced, self-directed environment. When students are inside a virtual environment, they are far less prone to distractions such as other students, phones, and so on. This promotes focused attention on core concepts. Built-in learner feedback and tracked assessment ensure that learners stay on task.

VR CONTENT LIBRARY

VEATIVE VR Library has 650+ Interactive modules. It gives learning interaction: in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Geography, Language Learning. Every module consists of: a learning objective, attention to a core concept, and assessments within the learning environment. Explore Veative Library here. Overview of Content is in a video below.

PHYSICS

Physics is an extremely important subject, which allows us to connect with the physical world. Its inherent complexity can be intimidating, as students can easily doubt whether they are up to the task. But removing that sense of intimidation for learners can be empowering and inspiring. Using immersive experiences promotes that connection between learner and the concept, inspiring greater inquiry.

CHEMISTRY

Chemistry can be a difficult subject to grasp as learners are often confused by obscure terms and processes. Instructors are always on the lookout for ways to allow students to realize that chemistry manifests itself in everyday life. Distraction-free learning, inside a virtual environment, is  conducive to engaging learners in focused attention on difficult concepts.

BIOLOGY

Life is a wonder, and learning about the intricacies of the world around us, at a biological level, is now within the grasp of learners. Enter into a plant, become a part of an ecosystem, and feel a connection with the smallest particles that make up the basis of life. From genes to proteins, or cells to protoplasm, immersion into this world brings life.

MATHEMATICS

Mathematical concepts are not always easily visualised, handicapping learners who just don’t “get it.” However, Veative has adopted some interesting techniques to introduce students to the world of math, by connecting difficult-to-grasp ideas with real world situations, all in a virtual  world! When a polyhedron is no longer a flat image, but a 3D, interactive  object, it starts to make more sense. When that object can be explored from  the inside, spatial intelligence is activated and a deeper understanding is  within the reach of learners.

Geography

A sense of wonder is what we wish to awaken. Students don’t always get a chance to visit and explore some of the wonders of the world. Imagine taking your learners to majestic places such as Eiffel tower and Taj Mahal  through immersive technology. This allows students to not only feel what it is like in Paris or Agra, but learn about its architect and design at the very  same time.

LANGUAGE LEARNING

VR enables real life experiences, in the safe and comfortable environment needed to ignite language learning. Role-play situations can be enhanced by interacting with virtual people. Scenario-based modules allow a connection between the scene, the context, and the target language. This airport scenario brings learners into a new world, and helps to arouse a desire to learn more.

What is the process for a school to get started?

The main challenge is the hardware. Schools can use their own or ask us a Virtual Reality Classroom Pack. VR CONTENT LIBRARY works with all major VR devices.

Compatibility list

  • Veative VR content also works with all major VR standalone consoles i.e. Oculus Go, PICO VR, Samsung Gear VR & Google DayDream.
  • The handheld controller enables interactivity and navigation, increasing student engagement by promoting active participation
  • Perform virtual experiments and manipulate objects from within an immersive environment

Learning Management PLATFORM

Once the hardware issue is taken care of, next is content. Each student and teacher has their own account. Veative has administrative tools and personalized User Profiles.

Which is necessary a teacher has analytics to schools on usage, assessment scores, proficiency with respect to cognitive domains. Veative provides its own proprietary reporting system for teachers and students to view analytics. Analytics data can also be sent to any other LMS/LRS system (capable of retrieving results), used by schools. The offline version is supported by our proprietary analytics system that stores results locally and syncs with the server when an internet connection is available.

Conclusion

VR opens up many possibilities, and obviously not just in traditional schools. Specialized training, such as for medical procedures, is already happening. Difficult and dangerous job training can greatly benefit from the benefits of doing these tasks virtually while gaining skill and “time in the task.” The virtual world creates a safe environment for learning, so if you make a wrong incision, or set off an explosion in a power plant, VR offers second chances that life often doesn’t.

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