Monday night in class we had the opportunity to check out VirtualU and see how it functioned.
It was a fascinating virtual environment that provided a number of great examples of how virtual environments can be used for instruction. The tour was led by Digitell CEO James Parker who expertly guided us through different uses of virtual worlds.
One example allowed the students to become firefighters and to learn about different equipment while entering into a burning building. The neat thing was that as the students arrived in the world, they automatically where dressed appropriately as fire fighters and were thrust into the “heat” of the moment.
We then got to observe a concert venue that featured streaming video of different bands shown in different places including a concert by the beach.
We also got to see various locations used for negotiation training and Jim explained how Mark Jankowski, Co-Founder and President of Shapiro Negotiations Institute (SNI) uses a virtual world to help teach about negotiation skills. Well done Mark and Jim! Intersting use of virutal world to immerse the learners in the concepts they need to learn as it relates to negotations.
Here is an article on the software:
VirtualU integrates 2D, 3D conferences
So the questions for this blog posting are:
- How can virtual worlds be used for non-traditional training? How can it be used to supplement traditional training?
- What types of subjects are most effectively taught in a virtual immersive environment?
- What is your impression of the different learning environments in VirtualU?
- What did you like about the VirtualU learning experience?