As every teacher knows, engaging students at a distance is particularly challenging. Using VR lessons on specific complex topics can alleviate this problem. These benefits include complete attention from students, progress tracking, and content that supports the student at their own pace.
The Futuclass team, together with Kuristiku school Chemistry teacher and educational technologist, held a 45-minute Chemistry lesson with students at Kuristiku high school. The schools VR headsets were sent to the student's homes in advance.
The reaction balancing module was a big hit with students, and the students all passed the module. There is high student engagement together with concentration and focus in the VR lesson at hand. Asking questions from the students during the experience can be difficult because of this. (some Futuclass VR lessons have in-game questions that solves the issue)
Chemistry teachers feedback
Guiding the students at a distance can be difficult, but this is the case with regular distance lessons as well.
It's a lot easier to get students interested in Chemistry with Futuclass VR. In the later lessons on the topic, this interest remains.
Setting up the lesson is no more complicated than setting up a regular Chemistry class when working with the help of the school's IT team or educational technologist.
Plans for the future
Kuristiku high school plans to continue using VR for distance learning and in-person lessons when there are no Covid related restrictions.
Both the students and the teachers have a strong interest in various Chemistry and Physics topics, and all parties see value in using them.
Kuristiku High School has 7x Oculus Quest and 10x Oculus Quest 2 devices available at their school.