Since 2020, the global pandemic has posed post-secondary institutions with an interesting challenge: how can professors offer engaging, experiential learning tools online while in-person classes and resources were sparse, or unavailable.
While colleges are slowly returning to in person learning, Conestoga College still saw the need for less expensive and more scalable options for said learning tools – this is when they approached XpertVR to develop a virtual training scenario that could be offered in person via VR headset as well as online for students in the pre-service firefighter program.
In the past, students in the pre-service firefighter program would practice handling hazardous materials through presentations in class or possibly in one of a handful of the live fire trainings they attend throughout the program. Although this was still an option for those returning to the classroom, it didn’t prepare students for the large range of hazardous materials they may need to confront in the real world or allow for much practice time per student. Furthermore, in order for the course outline to remain consistent, a better solution would be an independent exercise, administered outside of class time.
Results & Feedback
Conestoga College and their industry experts where blown away by the amount of interactivity and the precision of each hazardous material and how to interact with them, even when compared to the real world version. Hundreds of students are now using this simulation every year to prepare for hazardous material fire and spills in the real world. Ensuring firefighters are safer on the job so they can help those in need.