Australian University Replaces Textbooks With Virtual Reality Headsets

La Trobe University in Melbourne (Australia) announced the launch of a test project - for 12 weeks, second-year students studying the discipline "Anatomy" will work with virtual reality (VR) headsets. The curriculum will not change, the main subject of interest is precisely in the methods of transferring knowledge to young people. It is stated that the university has already purchased the required number of HTC VR headsets and iPad tablets to work with augmented reality (AR).

The subject "Anatomy" for the test was not chosen by chance, since VR and DR are excellent for visualizing educational material. Teachers have already developed an app that allows students to superimpose anatomical structures on living people in DR. And you can study the work and features of certain categories of muscles right on classmates.

Another argument in favor of switching to VR and DR in learning is mobility. Headsets are available in classrooms, but connections to university servers are available from anywhere on campus. Any student, using his tablet and DR, can study the necessary materials, do homework, and engage in self-education. In addition, networking makes it easy to conduct group projects and experiments.

Finally, the financial aspect - the purchase of electronics costs the university approximately AUD $ 10 per student versus $ 100 for paper textbooks. And the wholesale purchase of software licenses has reduced costs even more. If the experiment is recognized as successful, new technologies will be extended to all courses in anatomy, and then it is possible that they will be expanded to other academic subjects.