By Dhrubaa Ghosh, Oct 21, 2021 13:30
Teachers are having a tough time managing practical classes remotely. But the wide use of Virtual Reality (VR) in teaching is a positive fall-out of the pandemic, and this has helped teachers. One of the most successful implementation of this technology is the VR Lab (VRL).
What is a VRL?
It’s exactly what the name suggests: a virtual laboratory environment where students and teachers ‘enter’ when they put on their VR headsets, and work together, though both are at home. Both hybrid and online courses were using it, now regular schools are teaming up with VRL makers and delivering their Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Electronics practical classes through VRLs.
When did VRLs first come up?
In 2016, a milestone in the VR industry happened with the launch of the HTC Vive device. This was the first headset that allowed physical movement integration through real-time sensor-based tracking of hands and feet. VRLs have been around since 2019, but the real boom came in 2020-21 with the lockdown.
Why is the VRL trend so big?
VRLs have a lot of advantages, so the trend is not a surprise. Here are some of the obvious benefits of using VRLs in school teaching:
Given the advantages of VRLs, it seems this trend is here to stay and grow.