Whats New? Virtual Reality to Simulate Labs in Higher Ed.

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Virtual Reality (VR), once known as a popular feature in the gaming industry, has massively developed and is expanding into so much more. VR has landed its way into the higher education space, and it is here to stay.

Colleges and universities are investing in the use of Virtual Reality to simulate labs, allowing students to virtually perform dissections and surgical operations, experience explosions, and more. VR is an exciting, immersive, and interactive way to grasp and retain the attention of students. This trend will reshape the future of higher education programs.

VR labs provide scalability as all students can participate simultaneously, unlike traditional physical labs where only select students can participate. Virtual labs are easily accessible, and they are both cost and space-effective. Traditional physical labs are limited in size and equipment, and students are required to share equipment. While traditional physical lab training may mention the dangers that could occur in a laboratory, VR allows students to predict outcomes and experience unsafe events safely, all without compromising the quality of learning. With the use of VR, students also have the opportunity to use costly equipment or machinery that may not be available in a traditional physical lab.

VR is reshaping higher education programs globally by providing a platform for experiential learning in a new, entertaining, and innovative way. It offers an alternate way for students to learn challenging skills and reinforces previously learned information. VR is also useful as a student recruitment aid. It improves college rankings with the NBA and NAAC and also shows a higher level of industry knowledge. Colleges and universities incorporating VR labs, either to complement existing labs or stand-alone, are becoming the leaders in the latest technology.