VR 'field trips' for pupils

Local | Flora Chung 28 Oct 2016

Primary and secondary students will soon be able to take field trips without leaving the classroom.

The advanced teaching program, developed by the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, applies virtual reality and augmented reality technologies.

It is being offered for free to all schools in Hong Kong.

The government-funded EduVentureVR is a web-based system that allows teachers to design and produce their own virtual reality field trips.

The system is divided into three major parts - an editing platform allowing teachers to compose their materials, a mobile app for students to view the materials on their iPads or iPhones, and a retrieving platform for teachers to generate reviews of the trips.

On the platform, there are tools teachers can use to integrate multiple- choice and fill-in-the blank questions which can be designed to pop up in the video as part of the interactive sessions for students during the trip.

Once students have downloaded the materials, the app will guide them to probe into the corresponding exploratory spots and answer the questions designed by teachers, during which students have to wear a VR headset to view the video.

Their answers will then be automatically saved into the app.

After the trip, teachers can view students' answers and assess their performance based on the results.

The center said the new system provides teachers with an economical solution for organizing field trips for students with disabilities.

Ng Yu-kit, a teacher at the Confucian Tai Shing Primary School, said the new system will become a major learning trend in the future.

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