At the beginning of 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the world, especially affecting academic institutions and how they teach their students. With all classes moving online and into video call formats Conestoga College quickly saw the struggle students were having learning skills that normally required hands-on teaching methods.
This ranged from students learning trades skills to emergency services personnel. With no hands-on learning methods these students wouldn’t be prepared for the workplace and could possibly go without teachings integral for their safety in the workplace.
Results & Feedback
As soon as development and testing was complete the virtual crime scene was released to a pilot group of 140 students. Quickly receiving feedback like “After I finished the first scenario, I found myself wanting to see what would happen if I chose different options,” said Police Foundations student Chloe Pollock. “It gave me an example of what your actions could result in and whether these actions had negative consequences.”
Conestoga staff also mentioned that “XpertVR met every milestone, delivered every component on time, and worked beautifully with our content eXperts.” The simulation will now be used by 100’s of Conestoga students every semester.