Online Learning Update

April 24, 2019

How to use 360-degree video to engage students online and off

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

BY MFON AKPAN, eCampus News
Inspired by the potential of VR but faced with the realities of my own editing potential and the price of VR headsets, I started with a fairly basic, but transformative, video technique: 360-degree video. In their personal lives, today’s students have traded in reading for watching. In the classroom, educators have the choice to fight this trend, or to embrace it. I understand the apprehension many educators have to increase screen time in the classroom, but ignoring students’ own learning preferences and inclinations is doing them a disservice. Video facilitates retention. As studies have shown, that kind of embodied learning can help students better understand the material, and immersive experiences help with retaining information. I got a real sense for this while attending a virtual reality (VR) conference in Chicago when I put on an HTC Vive headset and was immediately transported onto a NASCAR race track

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