How Will Virtual Reality Change Education?
Taking online classes is an example of virtual reality. Whether the online classes have a tutor or not, there will be lectures in the form of presentations which the students can follow. Making everything online may be difficult at the moment but with time all the required digital tools will be available. So what happens when virtual reality takes over traditional education?
Simple, students will not be required to go to schools or universities. By learning everything online and noting down important points, they make it. There will be replays available for online teaching lessons that students can play as many times as they like from the comfort of their home in case they missed something or didn’t understand something.
They can schedule an exam on one of the convenient dates online and appear in the online exam accordingly.
Books may not however go extinct. Along with the replays of tutorial lessons, students can buy hardcover or digital books, whichever they prefer, and prepare themselves for tests and exams.
Online classes are already available this way. Virtual reality taking over traditional education means online classes will become rampant and widespread.
Over the course of two or three decades, this is how I assume virtual reality will take over and how life would become more comfortable for students.
No need to wake up in the mornings, no need to gulp down a not so tasty breakfast, no need to commute or drive – life gets that simple and easy, all from the comfort of home.
Now comes the case of discipline. Will students rely on themselves and behave smart to attend all the online classes? Will they keep their promise to their parents that yes, they will act out of discipline and order?
In traditional education, there is always a teacher or professor to guide students all along. But can students stay disciplined and mature enough to stick to online rules or will they break all the rules and just be a vagabond?
The imminent danger also lies in the present day whether a student will stick to the values and principles and abide by the rules and work hard for a degree. S/he can easily go in wrong ways, get interested in weekend disco parties and become more fun-loving, without paying attention to their studies.
Therefore, in my opinion, although online classes or virtual reality poses a threat on future education, it is my belief that well-brought up children will be all willing to learn, graduate and eventually work. Of course, parenting does have a role in this. Good parenting will always suffice to give their children the right ethics, values and principles so that they do not go astray or out of their boundaries.