Virtual Reality is Coming to Classrooms

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June 20, 2018

Four LaSalle College teachers shared their experience using virtual reality in the classroom during two education-focused conferences.

This past May 31st, they made a stop at the SALTISE (Supporting Active Learning & Technological Innovation in Studies of Education) conference and spent this past June 6, 7 and 9 at the Association québécoise de pédagogie collégiale (AQPC) symposium.

Josie Salvo Farella and Isabelle Hallée (Tourism Techniques), Pascale Warmoes (Special Care Counselling) and Johnathan Mina (Social Sciences) were able to demonstrate to their audience the educational potential that virtual reality has in classrooms.

LaSalle College is a trailblazer in the college network when it comes to using virtual reality (VR) in the class. It has also partnered with VTÉ—Vitrine Technologie-Éducation.

Tourism students primarily used virtual reality as part of the Cultural and Tourist Attractions course in order to immerse students in destinations around the world.

Virtual reality was used in the Special Care and Social Sciences courses in order to elicit more empathy from the students.

In the fall, LaSalle College was awarded a SALTISE grant, which made it possible to finance the purchase of forty virtual reality headsets as part of a pilot project.

A survey conducted in the spring showed that more than 70% of students asked felt a pronounced increase in their interest and motivation. More than 59% stated they were more invested in the content presented by the teacher. Lastly, according to 68% of respondents, virtual reality enabled them to explore content that is more difficult to process without this technology.

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