Virtual laboratories in classrooms of schools, academies and any specialized training center, offer access and flexibility to university students and teachers.
Virtual reality applied to the educational environment can bring many advantages, such as the possibility of increasing enrollment, facilitating student completion and expanding exposure to career opportunities to less advantaged communities, among many others.
This effort to implement VR in schools allows students to access laboratories for a variety of subjects from another, much more practical point of view, where they can experience for themselves the sensation of, say, making an incision, caring for a patient, or how to cope in any situation they can imagine.
But the benefits go far beyond the students, as it also significantly reduces the workload of the teaching staff, allowing them to serve more students and increase the number of trained professionals in the workforce to fill the thousands of vacancies in the region and in all centres that open the doors to RV in any of their processes.
Traditionally, students have practiced security and computer networking skills in a centralized physical lab (and equipment) or in a limited virtual lab setting at their educational institution. University physical labs and data centers have high costs associated with maintenance.
With SimlabIT‘s involvement, we aim to provide access to the best training for as many students as possible. And with virtual reality, doing so is simpler, cheaper, and more effective.
Losing the means to the virtual reality laboratory in the educational center
An outside service that provides a turnkey virtualized environment that is identical to the corresponding physical environment will decrease the need for high-cost physical labs, but will provide open virtualized environments that allow students to experience the real-life scenarios that are so critical in career technical education.
Virtual lab platforms should serve students with access to an on-demand, 24x7x365 virtual lab environment from anywhere there is an Internet connection. Virtual labs must also represent the full functionality of a real-world scenario.
Tips for Using VR with Students
- Make sure the students are sitting down for the entire time they are watching the VR. They’ll tend to want to walk around.
- Make sure that as a teacher you take the time to “play” with the applications. Know what the students will see.
- Let the students take the time to “play”. This will be the highlight of their day. Allow them time to immerse themselves in the application.
- Use VR to help “close the gap”. Part of the instructional gap is lack of experience. VR can be used to close those gaps.
- To close the achievement gap, you must first close the commitment gap. VR is a great help in closing the commitment gap!