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VR glasses in education: Transforming teaching and learning experiences
AI & Data Science / 14 December 2023
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Head of Learning Innovation
Manuela Zehe is responsible for the Office of Learning Innovation at Frankfurt School. As a scouting unit for digital learning innovations, it is a central partner for highly individualised learning outcomes. The aim is to create an environment where learning becomes a lifelong, fulfilling experience rather than an obligation. Trends such as digitalisation, artificial intelligence, metaverse, etc., naturally play a major role as drivers of innovation.

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In recent years, technological advances have revolutionised the way we live, work and learn. Virtual reality (VR) is one of these pioneering technologies that has found its way into a wide range of industries, including education. The integration of VR headsets into the educational landscape is changing how pupils, students and teachers interact with content. Learning is becoming more interactive and immersive than ever before.

The importance of virtual reality in education

Existing educational methods have often struggled to capture students’ attention and provide them with a truly engaging and impactful learning experience. This is where virtual reality comes in. The technology allows users to immerse themselves in different worlds and scenarios without leaving the lecture room. VR goggles, in particular, have become a powerful tool in education. They offer a wide range of possibilities for improving the learning process.

Immersive learning environments

A key benefit of using VR glasses in education is the creation of immersive learning environments. For example, students can immerse themselves in historical events, explore faraway places or even travel through the human body – all from the comfort of their desk or lecture room. This immersion not only engages participants, but also helps them to better process the information through experiential learning and retain it in their long-term memory.

Greater motivation and interactivity

Conventional lectures, scripts and textbooks are not enough anymore. VR goggles bring learning to life by allowing participants to interact with three-dimensional models, conversation simulations and virtual environments – sometimes from the original world. Whether they are exploring the solar system, conducting complex science experiments, simulating conversations or dissecting a frog, everyone can actively participate in the learning process, making knowledge transfer more enjoyable and memorable or practising scenarios over and over again.

Suitable for different learning styles

Every person, and therefore every student, learns differently. VR goggles offer a versatile platform that caters to different learning styles. Visual learners benefit from the vivid and realistic graphics that shape the environment, while kinesthetic learners can engage with the content through hands-on experiences. This tremendous adaptability allows educators to create an inclusive learning environment that meets the diverse needs.

Applications in the real world

Outside of the classroom, VR glasses open up a multitude of possibilities for real-world applications in education. Field trips to historical sites, virtual internships and collaborative projects with students from around the world become possible, overcoming the limitations of physical space and resources. This not only prepares students for the challenges of the modern world and future skills, but also promotes a global perspective.

Challenges and considerations

The integration of VR goggles into education holds immense potential on the one hand, but is also full of challenges on the other. Costs, accessibility and the need for special qualifications for the educators themselves need to be clarified and integrated.

Conclusion

Virtual reality goggles are transforming education by providing students with an unparalleled experience and enhancing the entire learning process. As technology continues to advance, the potential of VR in education is nearly limitless. By utilising this innovative tool, education professionals can create dynamic and engaging learning environments that prepare students for the challenges of the future. The era of traditional lecture halls is changing. Virtual reality, among other things, is at the forefront of this educational revolution.

Our test period in December

Together with one of our professors for the Master in Management programme, we used the module “Learning through Action” and installed an excerpt of the individual students presentations on the glasses. This allowed them to practice a trial run for their later presentation to the committee without experiencing any real consequences. The feedback was great!

Employees in the company could very well imagine using the technology in future to prepare for important pitches and practise the presentation several times in advance. Others see a possible future use for the on-boarding of employees or students from abroad.

As we can see, the possibilities are many and varied. The summarised feedback of the participants from our test period at Frankfurt School together with students, professors, employees and managers can be found here.

It was great fun for us and all participants. We look forward to more great opportunities and are excited to see what innovation has in store.

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