To break monotony of remote learning, Rutgers built virtual worlds

EdScoop: As an alternative to video conferencing, developers at Rutgers University have designed new virtual reality environments for students and faculty.

The virtual worlds are designed to allow students to simulate work experiences and put their learning into practice in more realistic environments. Michael Gradin, Rutgers’ assistant director of game research and immersive design, told EdScoop the technology is an alternative to simply having discussions through web-conferencing platforms as students continue learning remotely during the pandemic. The virtual spaces, he said, designed by Rutgers’ game research and immersive design department, allow students to act out scenarios, like therapy sessions for students studying social work or mediation for law students.

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