Have you seen the trailer for the movie Ready Player One? If you haven’t, watch it below.
I bring this up because it got me thinking about the future of Virtual Reality and its benefits and implications for continuing to advance this technology. I decided to continue exploring this topic and begin creating a Pecha Kucha presentation for one of my master’s classes this semester. I’m particularly interested in learning more about its current uses in gaming, technology, and education.
Currently, VR is making a comeback and trending in delivering immersive experiences to learning with many benefits in information retention and learner engagement; however, there are some questions about VR that we can’t possibly know the answer to just yet, so we’re forced to speculate and imagine. After watching the trailer for Ready Player One, I began asking myself the following questions:
- As VR’s technology improves and develops, could the level of stimulation experienced in VR lead to confusion in the real world?
- Since VR is physically risk-free, might we get too used to being able to survive large falls and end up having more accidents? Or,
- Could virtual reality prove to be so compelling in the future that we end up choosing it over the real world?
Although these questions do scare me a bit, my stance is definitely pro-VR. Do I think VR will be the doom of our society? No, I think our leaders should be concerned with other issues.
With this project, I hope to address current and future benefits of VR as well as potential implications. Since VR is an emerging trend in the learning community, I believe educators and workplace trainers will find this insightful.
With this project, I hope viewers will…
- Identify differences between Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).
- Recognize VR benefits in immersive learning.
- Seek VR devices to implement as potential learning solutions in workplace and classroom settings.
Tools and Technologies
Here is where I need your help. If you haven’t looked it up by now, a Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). To do this, I need an easy-to-use video editing tool. I plan on using a program called Filmora, but I’m curious to know any opinions about this program from anyone that has used it.
So what do you think about VR? Sound scary or exciting? Let me know below.