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Let’s Make VR Classrooms

The world is still silent. Every channel, every newscast, every website screaming “COVID-19”.

The hardest part for me is being inside and away from my friends, family, and coworkers. I’m extroverted and gain energy when around other people. Sure there’s video chat, but it’s not the same. I want to physically stand up, move, and interact with my peers. Waving over a camera isn’t enough for me.

Then I started thinking of an idea Brian Best shared with me in 2014 — a virtual workplace. It was one of the many ideas Brian tossed around on our way to UIT in Sydney. I could definitely use that right now.

But then I started thinking how dizzy and sick I would feel after an 8-hour day with a VR set strapped to my head. I’d need less exposure.

Then the idea of a VR classrooms hit me.

Right now, it’s possible to learn anything online. That being said, there are challenges.

  • Online programs don’t quite capture the same level of connection/friendship you develop in traditional schools.
  • Education sometimes require learning how to use equipment. Software is fine, but what about hardware? Can you learn to do carpentry, woodworking, or science at home with no equipment?

Imagine what an online VR course would look like. You’d sign in, join the chat, and learn/interact with students. The teacher could have a special permission set that allows them to access and share multiple items. Meanwhile the students could physically raise their hand, ask questions, and participate in discussions. The element of physical context would be added — body language, physical motion, and an artificial feeling of human connection.

I think that’d be incredible.