Virtual reality (VR) places the user in a virtual setting or simulated environment. Immersive VR headsets allow your students to interact with simulated environments, pick up and manipulate objects, and interact with other people in real time. You can assign your students VR experiences that teach them concepts in many areas of study, and students can learn by experience rather than from merely reading about a complex topic. For instance, students can examine ancient sculptures, see chemical elements close-up, design real-world objects, travel the world, and learn dangerous trade techniques safely for a fraction of the real-world expense.
IU offers VR labs and opportunities to varying degrees on most campuses. A simpler version of VR uses a user’s phone to generate the content. While less immersive and lower quality, it allows users to get an idea of what’s possible in VR and is less costly and more accessible by most students.