The Brain Science Behind Immersive Learning
As technology has advanced, so has how we teach. We now have many different software and hardware forms that help us streamline the teaching process and open up new avenues of teaching to present information in new ways previously unheard of.
We’ll be talking about one way today. The umbrella term “Immersive Learning” is a buzzword in certain education circles. Below you’ll read more about what precisely immersive learning is, the logic behind it, and some examples that you might be able to include in your schools.
Defining “Immersive Learning”
Immersive learning is quite simply the use of technology to augment the learning and teaching of subjects so that both the student and teacher have a kind of virtual “hands-on” experience with the subject.
As the name suggests, you aren’t exactly going to be going out into the world and exploring a wildlife reserve in search of animals and plants to get a better understanding of your biology exam. Instead, immersive learning can help simulate this act using various tools such as Augmented and Virtual Reality.
The Logic Behind Immersive Learning
The idea behind immersive learning is quite simple, in contrast to the complexity of actually pulling it off. You see, education has always proven to have a more impactful experience on those who have a more hands-on experience with the subject matter. For example, you’ll better understand physics and math concepts by performing experiments and practicing principles.
So that logic has been taken to a new level with immersive learning. By employing virtual technology and augmented reality, you can create more impactful learning experiences by presenting learners the opportunity to do these experiments and get this hands-on experience by immersing them in a world supported by technology.
Another example that has been around for many years and is only becoming more sophisticated and refined is the virtual tour concept. Using virtual tours, teachers can take their classes on virtual road trips to different, faraway countries to explore historical sights or see the world from a different perspective. You will already have discovered something similar by only using Google Maps to see what life is like on a different continent.
So How Is Immersive Learning Implemented?
We’ve used the words “augmented reality” and “virtual reality” a few times now. We have had devices that can support these concepts for many years now, from VR headsets to our smartphones.
The most common way that immersive learning is implemented is to simulate various environments. Using immersive learning, you can “transport” a classroom into a dense jungle environment to better learn about those ecosystems. Think of it similarly to pilots training to fly: you won’t let someone untrained fly a plane, so you create a simulated environment for them to explore and prepare first, out of harm’s way.
Another use of virtual reality is to gamify learning. Virtual reality games are still a relatively new concept, and we’re still developing the proper technology that can be used on a large scale.
However, it is still entirely within the realm of possibility to create games that learners can take part in using virtual reality. This way, they can train and learn hands-on and still have fun, doubling down on retention.
Immersive learning is an excellent concept that we haven’t quite properly grasped yet, at least on a large scale. However, the possibility remains that perhaps one day, we can create an entirely virtual classroom that can be shifted and changed to suit the class’s needs better.