Virtual Reality Training Promises Improved Learning, Safety

erau | March 12, 2019

Aspiring student-space travelers last year explored a simulated version of the International Space Station, where they performed tasks from a Virtual Reality Laboratory on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus.Soon, student pilots at Embry-Riddle will also be able to practice pre-flight inspections of a Cessna 172 aircraft in the new Virtual Reality Lab.“Embry-Riddle is keeping pace with the evolution of virtual and augmented reality technologies across many industries,” said Daniel Friedenzohn, associate dean of the College of Aviation. “We’re developing virtual systems to train our students more effectively in a safe environment.” In some cases, he added, virtual practice might even help reduce students’ flight-training costs, if they can master a thorough simulated pre-flight inspection before attempting the real thing on Embry-Riddle’s flight line.The HTC Vive Pro virtual reality headset – developed for the video-game industry – allows students to walk around a remarkably realistic version of the school’s flight line, complete with rows of Cessna 172 aircraft. Currently in its final stage of development at Embry-Riddle, the simulated “172 Walk-Around” scenario takes students through a step-by-step pre-flight aircraft inspection that is required before flight. The simulation provides valuable practice in completing inspections, but more importantly, Friedenzohn said, it tests students’ ability to spot potentially hazardous defects.

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There are many myths and misconceptions floating around about virtual education. In fact, quality virtual schools can provide an alternative solution for students that is just as rigorous and valuable as a traditional high school experience. Learning is no longer confined to the four walls of a classroom, but rather can happen anytime, anywhere.

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There are many myths and misconceptions floating around about virtual education. In fact, quality virtual schools can provide an alternative solution for students that is just as rigorous and valuable as a traditional high school experience. Learning is no longer confined to the four walls of a classroom, but rather can happen anytime, anywhere.

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One League | September 05, 2022

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One League's inaugural class of 60 fellows has received a 100% tuition-free scholarship covering all expenses of the program, as well as a monthly technology access stipend. The fellows represent over 30 countries including Afghanistan, Ghana, Iraq, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Uganda, and the United States. The cohort includes a Forbes 30 Under 30 Awardee, a Presidential Award Winner, a Human Rights Fellow, a Global Prize Winner to Combat Energy Poverty, and a Top 100 Women in Technology Awardee. Fellows are working on audacious projects such as realizing energy equity across Africa, creating agents of change in Southeast Asia, and building technology incubators in the Middle East. The class includes survivors of war, first generation college graduates, refugees, ethnic and cultural minorities, and sole breadwinners for their families living under the poverty line. 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D-ID | September 09, 2022

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