The 3D spatial recording feature of Acadicus is difficult to describe, yet deceptively powerful for enhanced teaching and learning with virtual reality. This post will attempt to describe this feature by contrasting it with video based learning common in MOOC’s like Coursera, Udacity, and Lynda.com.
Traditional Video Learning
With video-based learning, an instructor is recorded performing a demonstration. This recording is then posted to a MOOC, YouTube channel, or other video library destination. From there, students can watch on a laptop, TV or phone.
A lot is lost in translation when a real life demonstration is abstracted into a flat representation viewed on a 2D screen. With video instruction, the learner is a passive observer – disengaged and easily distracted. Additionally, the cognitive load required to to reconstruct and integrate a mental model of the demonstration they’re observing can be overwhelming.
This can be effective for learning software or otherwise abstract concepts that can be conveyed in two dimensions. However, for skills requiring hands-on demonstration or 3D representation, the efficacy of video training is substantially reduced.
3D Spatial Learning
With a 3D spatial recording captured in Acadicus, everything the instructor says, and everything they interact with is captured into an immersive recording. This can be done without any technical assistance or writing any code, and using off-the-shelf Oculus Rift VR hardware.
Students can then enter Acadicus and play this 3D spatial recording created by the instructor. They’re able to follow along, and are engaged as an active participant that is able to interact with objects in the scene, and feel as if they’re together with the instructor in an immersive 3D demonstration. They can replay and rehearse as much as needed. They can even align their own movements with those of the instructor for a deeply immersive learning experience.
This deceptively powerful feature has the potential to disrupt distance learning and online education in ways we cannot yet imagine. It’s like broadband knowledge transfer from the mind of an expert into the immersive experience of a learner.
If you would like to try this feature for yourself, you can download Acadicus for free by clicking the yellow button below. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, or would like to purchase an Acadicus Pro Space to unlock the 3D spatial recording feature and start creating your own library of VR training.