In the wake of coronavirus crisis, many institutions across the globe were shut down. This didn’t mean the end of learning for most students. Tutors have been offering virtual lessons and a Georgian College settled for virtual reality technology because it offers quality experimental learning for its students. According to an official from the college, the institution has embraced the innovation, and is way ahead in regards to VR technology curve.
Even before the crisis, the institution was exploring immersive technology on several programs. The institution believes that there are more beautiful things to come. ‘‘Georgian has already been exploring VR and simulation technologies in a variety of our programs,’’ said Kevin Weaver, Vice President, Academic. ‘‘It only makes a lot of sense for Georgian to accelerate these efforts and continue to be a leader. Georgian, even before the COVID-19, was intentionally moving in this direction. It is even more important now as we find ourselves not being able to deliver in-person activity at this time,’’ added Weaver.
According to Parademic Program professor, Rob Theriault, the immersive technology offers huge benefits. Rob was seconded an Immersive Technology Lead, before the crisis as he helped the institution to make the most of the technology. Theriault also believes that with innovative technology, it is easy to describe events and scenarios as students learn remotely.
Theriault also notes that using VR is an excellent technology for healthcare students that are better served with their teachers. In a virtual setting, cadaver or anatomy lab, students can also better serve their students virtually. As such, even trades students enjoy the benefits of a real classroom/construction site.
With VR technology, until recently wearing VR headsets allow students to engage virtually with tutors and with each other. VR immerses students to an entirely new world based on professor’s set up. To the institution, the opportunity is strategic and is aimed at making the most of innovation for the benefit of its students.