Zoom or VR?
Remote Collaboration tools such as Zoom and Google’s Meet became the talk of the town as soon as countries started imposing lockdowns to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus. For many employees, video conferencing tools like Zoom are seen as the go-to platform to connect with their peers for weekly/monthly meetings. Undoubtedly, video conferencing solutions allow workers to connect remotely within a few seconds. However, the loss of immersion along with fun & engaging activities might make one think of other viable solutions. That is where Virtual Reality comes into play.
Virtual Reality allows users to gather in a spatial environment just like employees gather in a conference room in real life. What makes it unique is the functionality to change the monotonous and identical meeting rooms into a colorful, playful, and fruitful experience.
How XpertVR created a fully immersive learning experience for Brock University
One of the biggest challenges faced by education institutions around the world has been the closure of schools. The education industry trains the next generation of leaders, intellectuals, skilled workers, and most of the people that make the world go round. But they weren’t prepared for the pandemic and the need to teach remotely.
In order to ensure continuous learning, XpertVR created a server that allows students to come together within a 3D classroom from anywhere in the world. Through virtual avatars, students can shake hands, wave at each other, move around the room and even write on a whiteboard. This allows students to learn visually from the materials presented in the classroom, through audio with the conversations they have with their professor and peers, through reading and writing materials available in the classroom, or from diving into a whole new world to learn kinesthetically through hands-on training.
Although this classroom is still in its early stages it allows professors at Brock University to test the future of learning. And most importantly, the classroom gives select students a new medium to better learn through the COVID pandemic and in future online learning scenarios.
You can learn more about this exciting project here.