Creating Foreign Language Learning VR Experiences in Vizible
October 4, 2017
As a former Latin and English teacher, I'm particularly interested in the ways that VR can be used to help language learning students. With Vizible, there are lots of compelling ways for foreign language teachers to create immersive content and collaborative environments. For cultural exploration, you could create a Vizible presentation with 3D environments and 360 photos or videos that transport students to other parts of the world (like this plaza from Spain).
This is a great way to let students immerse themselves in other parts of the world, but it also lets you put lots of objects in front of learners that they can try to identify with vocabulary, or which you identify for them via embedded text. As another example, for students practicing business English, you could drop them in an office or professional environment to help them role-play and practice the language more naturally.
The tools users can use in Vizible also lend themselves to rich collaboration and language practice. You can point to objects just as you would in the real world with a laser pointer, or draw on objects with a pencil tool (see above). All actions are synchronized, so everyone in the environment can hear and see each other as you interact with the space and others.
This brings me to another possible use case for Vizible in the language learning space - connecting learners with native speakers from around the world. Instead of a video chat where users don't actually feel like their in the same space, Vizible brings people together in such a way that they feel together. The difference is vast. If you haven't tried Vizible, you can download it for free here.