Artificial intelligence, speech assistants and Wikipedia. Why do we still have to go to school, all knowledge is immediately available. Is it still necessary to learn to write to each other? Why do we have to learn tables by heart while we all have a calculator app on our smartphone?

In addition to philosophical issues to discuss during a social drink or wrapped in vapor clouds, we also need to think seriously about the future of education. What role will the teaching with VR play in the lives of our children and grandchildren?

Perhaps a greater role than many people think. If that is something to look forward to with joy, then we must be afraid of it. Or is that the choice we make now? We examine the benefits and potential dangers of VR education on this page.

What can you do with VR education?

At present, these forms of VR education are already being applied daily in and outside schools around the world:

  • View 360 degree photo and video of locations that are normally unreachable for a class full of students.
  • Simulate practical situations in the virtual environment that can be repeated again and again in exactly the same way, for example for training.
  • Creating empathy by placing the student virtually in someone else’s body.
  • Decentralized learning in a virtual classroom with students and teachers spread across multiple locations.
  • Have children who are sick or absent virtually seated in their own class with a 360-degree camera and VR glasses.

These are just a few examples of VR education that already exist and are being used successfully. With the development of machine learning, education will soon change, with the need for usable knowledge going to shift enormously.

From reality to fiction and vice versa

As digital assistants become increasingly smart, people have to do less and less themselves. This dependence can be frightening, but that is a natural process. Not only do computers and algorithms become an increasingly important part of our lives, but as people made of flesh and blood, we can also dive deeper into a virtual world.

With VR education, a medical student can analyze the fetus in the womb in three dimensions. This has already saved lives by detecting abnormalities before birth and determining a solution in time.

With VR education for architects it is possible to visit buildings that only exist in the computer, with every square centimeter visible down to the smallest detail. The world of design has therefore changed completely.