Hey there strangers,
First, I always had a problem with education. I believe Oculus will be able to revolutionize this. It was a crazy idea I had and I just wanted to share this with Oculus and the community to see what y'all think. Any criticisms are welcome.
Now, education is essential to human life. We all want it and need it. But, what's the problem with education? It's outdated, especially the way schools teach students. Textbooks, written exams, and all those other meaningless theories and equations that we are supposed to absorb in just a few months or so. The worst part is that most subjects in schools are done in paper. We're expected to understand these "things" they teach us when all we are taught to do is take in the truckload of information and jot them down on a piece of paper. Don't get me wrong, I did relatively fine all throughout my years as a student until now. But, it just seems wrong. It seems inefficient. And I kept thinking that there must be a better way than to aimlessly sit in class and listen to teachers talk about things THEY'RE interested in.
What's worse: we're replicating the exact same traditional, broken, and inefficient method of learning and passing them down onto our predecessors (future generations).
We can enhance learning with virtual reality, although I'm not really sure how specifically.
We learn and understand more effectively not when we're merely listening to some random person talk. Instead, when we actually feel it in real life.
People don't become great at certain things by just reading books and listening to lectures. We are great learners when we go out there and actually apply what we've learned.
Understandably, schools do not have the luxury to provide such experiences. But...
What if, Oculus (or as I would like to call it "Ed Oculus") revolutionizes the way we learn. This wouldn't apply to all subjects, unfortunately (I think): such as subjects like Linguistics, Math, Economics, International Theories, and many more require that traditional mode of learning (at least that's what I think). On the other hand, courses like Science, History, Modern Era, International Relations, Diplomacy, Business Administration, Marketing, and Public Relations have potential. Imagine reading history textbooks as a kid. You're not going to understand what it was like for Martin Luther King Jr. to stand up for human rights back then unless you are actually there. You won't exactly know what the concepts of Social Constructivism are teaching you unless you can visualize it. Most college students don't know what it's like to be in the real world as a salesperson or a diplomat. You won't know how an actual company's sales forecast is developed by just reading the definition of it or looking at graphs. It helps a lot when you are virtually there and actually doing it. VR can provide that exact everyday experience (obviously, some portion of learning will have to come from physically writing down notes and listening to lectures. But not all).
Now, all of this might not be applicable yet. It may not be the right timing. Maybe not even in actual schools or homes, because of so many other reasons.
But think about it. 25, 50, 100 years down the road. Do you still think this will be THE way for your children and grandchildren?
Until then, Oculus can create an independent online platform that provides educational services. VR Courses to those that already possess the product.
Anyways, it was just a random idea - a rough draft, at least.
Thought it'd be great if we can actualize this in the future and finally be the answer to this malfunctioning education system.
So.. what do you think?
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