Immersive Learning in K 12 – Making Learning More Interactive

Akhil Pawa April 19, 2017
What is Immersive Learning? Countless children have trouble with critical thinking, problem-solving and visualizing concepts with a different point of view. An immersive learning environment allows students to become fully active learners within an interactive and responsive, digital environment. Immersive learning, or rather immersive e-learning, is gaining a great deal of traction across the world. This is especially due to its efficacy at transferring skills through puzzle-solving exercises that are generally hard to inculcate in students through traditional learning methods. Another benefit of an immersive learning setup is that children do not get negatively impacted by mistakes. If anything, children acquire the freedom to make their own decisions and learn from their errors .   How is it relevant to the K-12 sector? Immersive learning is of tremendous importance to the K-12 sector. Many immersive spaces present a controlled space, where distractions are eliminated. Moreover, each child is an active participant in the learning process, which is in contrast to the traditional and passive forms of learning. Children also have the unique opportunity to have more constructive interactions with their peers in an immersive learning experience. For example, instead of chatting idly, students can now learn and build skills through team-building exercises.   Maximizing your immersive learning platform Immersive e-Learning practices can ensure your learners are more excited and interested in your content. These tips should keep you covered for a strong learning experience:   Incorporate real situations and characters A truly immersive experience has some base in reality. Online learners cannot actively engage if they cannot relate to the situation. Therefore, it is vital to create realistic elements that learners are more likely to encounter in the real world. For example, using virtual reality in a biology class, one can demonstrate the different life procedures, such as reproduction, basic instincts of finding food, etc., to learners, while ensuring that they can visually experience these life processes. This not only makes a class more interactive and fun, but it also supports a longer retention span for the learners.   Create an emotional connect An integral part of immersive learning is emotional connectivity. Online learners must feel like they can connect to the content that is presented to them. This involves being able to invest emotionally in a particular situation and deliver an emotionally-driven response. For instance, an educator can show his/her students a set of 5-6 pictures, one at a time. The students are then asked to describe their feelings/sentiments towards these pictures. This helps the students in gauging their emotional quotient. The students are usually asked to predict their responses in the given situations, which inculcates the habit of better emotional responses in difficult circumstances.   Allow learners to forge their own path Your e-Learning course must allow for learners to be empowered by permitting them to take charge. This can be achieved through simulations, games, and branching scenarios, wherein the learners’ responses dictate the repercussions of their choices. Therefore, enabling young minds to actively weigh the pros and cons of a particular decision.   Reduce distractions While it is a good thing to focus on the immersion itself, it is also important to pay attention to the learning objectives. For example, it pays to choose multimedia that is interactive but is also in line with your learning goals. Therefore, choose programs with color schemes, font types, and design elements that add to the larger picture of the lesson that is imparted to learners.   Keep it relevant When you offer relevant and meaningful content, learners will be fully engaged and motivated to learn. On the other hand, if you have content that isn’t relevant, you’re going to have a learner who will constantly question the course itself. For example, if the learners are in their teenage, it pays to include lessons and learning objectives that specifically pertain to their day-to-day activities, such as sex education, decision-making programs, etc. This facilitates the overall growth of their psychological being.

Akhil Pawa

Management expert and the service line owner for solutions and delivery of all Digital Interactive Content offerings in Magic. He has been associated with Magic for more than 8 years and has handled several digital transformation projects in Education domain.