I hear and I forget
I see and I remember
I do and I understand
- Chinese proverb
"Why do we prefer charts and graphs to plain text? Why does the movie industry grow each year while literary readership declines? Why do teachers prefer field trips to rote memorization in the classroom? Direct experience is at the core of human understanding, leading to the long-held didactic maxim that we retain 90% of what we do but only 10% of what we read. This simple truth is at the core of virtual reality education – emerging technologies can be applied to the trends that have shaped educational theory for millenia.
Of 1,000 U.S. educators surveyed, 83% said that virtual reality could improve learning outcomes – from better understanding of the material (77%) to greater collaboration (71%) and motivation in the classroom (84%). Undoubtedly, the vast majority of what we know was directly experienced rather than taught. At 361XR, we craft authentic virtual experiences that appeal directly to how humans learn best – by doing.
Today, VR is used as a potent educational tool in high-tech industries around the world. Our mission is to bring that powerful class of experience to corporate training, coaching, and personally-driven growth. By putting learners face-to-face with world-class experts, immersing them in environments tailored for educational outcomes, and crafting hands-on interactive experiences, we engage, inspire, and empower in ways often imagined but never before realized."
-Jason Reinhardt, CTO 361 Extended Reality
WHY IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGIES?
PAIR PROVEN STRATEGIES WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY
Our differentiated approach is to pair proven educational strategies with relevant emerging technologies, enabling a qualitatively different kind of learning experience than has been possible in the past.
Like any format, the value of VR comes from its content, and how well that content conforms to the unique strengths and limitations of the medium.
Educational content in VR is able to appeal to hands-on and experiential learners in a way that traditional e-learning simply can't – we can teach aerodynamics by allowing learners to assemble and test airplanes under a variety of simulated atmospheric conditions, or introduce quantum physics by setting up the double-slit experiment and letting learners carry it out and draw their own conclusions.
On a deeper level, the immersive nature of the medium enables us to create authentic learning experiences for a variety of cognitive and interpersonal skills.
DESIGNED FOR IMMERSION
IMMERSION DESIGN & CONCEPT CREATION
Educational VR content can only ever be as effective as the educators who design it. With this in mind, we seek out and work with top experts and researchers to advise and participate in our content-creation process. The primary value we add is in enabling these 'Giants' to share their message more powerfully, more immersively, and more effectively than has ever before been possible – using the rapidly advancing medium of virtual reality.