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 this program would practice equipping self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) gear with a mock version in class – although this was still an option for those returning to the classroom, it didn’t prepare students for faulty equipment 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 our virtual SCBA gear as it relates to the real world version. Hundreds of students are now using this simulation every year to prepare for equipping SCBA gear in the real world. Ensuring firefighters are safer on the job so they can help those in need.