The future of education lies with virtual reality and with so many applications and benefits the question you should be asking yourself is not when you introduce VR into your eLearning programme but what system are you going to use.
One of the greatest things about virtual reality is you can get started with little capital depending on what you want from your system.
The purpose of your virtual reality training will largely determine what sort of system you require. The more interactive you need your training to be the more you’ll need to invest. And if you are going to invest a lot of money you should do so in the full knowledge that many of the mid-range devices available today will be obsolete within a few years.
However, do not let that discourage you from investing in what will turn out of be the most instrumental catalysts for change in education.
Most mobile headsets won’t give you the best visual experience but they are affordable and the most easily replaced with each advancement in the technology. Headsets physically tethered to PCs can be a bit awkward when you need to move about but it does allow for more complex visuals and immersive experiences.
Budget and Enterprise Integration
The first two things to work out are your budget and your current technology. Virtual reality headsets may be in their infancy but there’s still a lot of choice with options ranging from $20 to £1000. Look at what devices you already own to source the right device for compatibility and quality, which may be included in your training package. Your training package should be customisable and up to your standards regardless of the size of your organisation.
Once you know what is compatible and will integrate with your systems you can start to flesh out your budget.
Think about what you want your device to do. Does it need to be wireless? How many do you need? What is your set-up like; do you have a lot of space in your learning environment? Do you need motion tracking?
There are some ‘low tech’ options with mobile VR headsets that simply require an app to work and that may be enough for you. Just remember that a high quality experience on a cardboard/app system is better than a bad quality VR experience on an expensive system. If you have high spec systems already and a healthy budget then you should seriously consider investing in cutting edge VR headsets like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.
Flexibility will be key when making a purchase – you’ll want something that is proportional to your needs.
Talk with us at Centre for Educational Excellence or book a demo to hear about how our flexibility packages adapt to your business.