Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are widely used by educators because of their proven ability to strengthen social interaction and trigger creative thinking.
They are infinitely flexible, and can either closely replicate real-world scenarios and environments, or take students to places they would never be able to visit, like the surface of the sun, Easter Island five hundred years ago, a research station at the South Pole, or the interior of a human cell.
Not only are VLEs effective at stimulating active engagement with the subject — resulting in a proven increase in the retention of taught material — but they are also accessible any time of the day and night, regardless of geographical location.
All you need is a computer, a headset, and an internet connection. After that, the options are endless!
For students who struggle with learning from books, virtual reality could be the ultimate “field trip,” opening up more engaging learning experiences that were too expensive, or even impossible, to access before. It’s no longer about telling them, it’s about showing them.
Digital Trends, 2016