September 23, 2020

Why VR?

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Why VR?

At Immerse, our approach to authentic task-based language learning draws on best practices in virtual reality development, instructional design, and education theory to create powerful learning experiences. These experiences expose learners to authentic language challenges targeted at a space just beyond their reach, and provide scaffolding (through the VR environment and the trainer) to ensure that they can both overcome the challenge and grow in their communicative ability. Take a look below at just a few of the things that make learning a language in VR so beneficial.

Reduce your 'affective filter'

The affective filter is a linguistic metaphor that describes a learner's attitudes which affect their success while learning English. VR dramatically lowers the filter so learner's can overcome anxiety, fear of failure, self-consciousness, and reluctance to participate. In turn, they become risk-takers that enjoy seeking out opportunities to participate.

Learn by doing

Traditional delivery methods offer passive learning experiences which result in knowledge transfer, but not real-life skills development. In VR all exercises, activities, and lesson experiences are active. This breakthrough training delivery method finally gives learners the opportunity to apply and activate their speaking skills.

Sense of Presence

Just as you see the world now, you feel a true sense of presence when you are in VR. VR tricks your brain into thinking you are actually somewhere else which is a major and unique benefit for education. Now, learners aren't limited to simply talking about English concepts, but they can actually experience speaking English in real-life scenarios - without having to leave work or home.

Embrace Failure

Failure is essential to learning because it reveals where we are in fact skilled but also where we need improvement. VR lets you safely practice until the point of failure, experience real-life consequences, and receive real-time constructive feedback. Failure is key to achieving fluency, so we embrace it fully.

Affordability and Scalability

Until this year, VR has always had a luxurious price tag requiring an expensive gaming computer and a dedicated room. With the recent breakthrough development of Standalone VR, all you need to experience VR is self-contained in a wireless headset. The Immerse platform is strategically built for the Oculus Quest standalone VR headset which costs only $299. You can purchase one here if you'd like.

Practice Anywhere with Anyone, Anytime

With the click of a button you can practice your pitch on a Ted Talk stage or negotiate with your team on a deserted island. VR teleports you to a brand new world full of realistic and creative scenes to practice speaking instantly. You can even have teams located in different regions connect together in real time in VR. With VR proximity is no longer a divider between people.

Christian Rowe
Christian Rowe is the Chief Revenue Officer at Immerse. He's a VR enthusiast with a deep understanding of the language industry and the opportunities presented by new education technology in the field.

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