Virtual reality learning environments

In the 1970s, when I started studying in elementary school, virtual reality was science fiction and the idea of ​​using virtual reality for learning purposes was very far away. By that time having a view master in classroom was an an exceptional event. Nowadays there are View-Master Virtual Reality Viewers. Back then you were able to watch 3D objects with view master. Now you are able to watch 3D videos, also for educational purposes.

Virtual Reality Learning Environment (VRLE) engages students and gives them a chance to be active part of learning. VRLE will provide new possibilities for learning environments in the near future.

In Metropolia University of Applied Sciences virtual learning environments have been developed since 2013 and nowadays there is a virtual clinic. Students of Radiography and Radiotherapy, Midwifery , Biomedical Laboratory Science and Oral Hygienist degrees are able to train in a multi-professional environment. There in 360-panoramapicture of laboratory. Students can move, rotate and stop on the screen and they can use learning environment on their smartphone, mobile device, or computer. Student can move in the environment and choose necessary contents. There are also study materials attached so students can read texts, watch video lectures or other video materials such as practical demo videos or work instructions.

VRLE gives a chance to rehearse again and again things student find complicated or things that might be dangerous in a real world. Students have been pleased with VRLE and it has increased flexibility and at the same time transferred responsibility for the progress of studies to the students.

Virtual Learning Environment in Carleton University
allows you to use Avatars, move around the campus, meet your fellow students and learn at the same time. VRLE will not replace lectures but it is an addition to them.

References:
Virtanen, M. – Virtuaaliset oppimisympäristöt osana opetuksen digitaalisaatiota
Virtual Reality Society