VR Education 's ENGAGE platform builds momentum

IBM | June 19, 2020

VR Education is focused on the benefits virtual reality can bring to education, with immersion and the remote connection opportunities as key drivers. The online student market especially will be perfectly suited to the immersion and remote aspects of VR, says CEO Dave Whelan. Even before its integration into the Oculus Go headset, VR Education’s Apollo 11 experience had already been downloaded more than 120,000 times and generated over €1mln in revenue for the group. Raid on the Ruhr, for example, allows users to experience the famous 1943 mission first-hand as they fly the Lancaster bomber from the UK to the Ruhr Valley.

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Why are firms chanting the game-based learning mantra? What makes it ideal to deliver training to workforce? Well, game-based learning has 4 key elements that go long way in imparting knowledge and skills effectively. Here is an info-graphic that lists the elements.

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Why are firms chanting the game-based learning mantra? What makes it ideal to deliver training to workforce? Well, game-based learning has 4 key elements that go long way in imparting knowledge and skills effectively. Here is an info-graphic that lists the elements.

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