Herding blind cats?
Posted April 10, 2017on:
This article asked: How Do You Lead a Class Full of Students Wearing VR Headsets? It likened the process to herding blind cats.
My response is that you do not. You create new affordances and try alternative strategies. I summarise what the article described.
The affordances could be prompts or experiences within the VR world. They could also be layouts and furniture in the room to prevent students from getting hurt as they wander around.
The instructional strategies the article suggested were:
- Let students discover and uncover instead of leading and covering.
- If there are not enough VR headsets, design waiting and/or alternative activities.
- Avoid relying on the novelty effect.
Here is my two cents. The pedagogy of VR-mediated lessons should be built on this foundation: Refrain from repeating in VR what you can already do more easily without. Leverage on what VR does well or is impossible in real life. There is no point recreating delivery when discovery is the order of the day.
Open your eyes; do not herd cats. Take advantage of their curiosity and nurture even more independence. Teach while taking advantage of the affordances of VR instead of blindly teaching only the way you were taught.