Lecture: Immersive Learning
Is it possible to learn by placing yourself in someone else’s shoes? If you put on a virtual reality headset, you are immersed in another reality and can experience just what it is like to be another person. This kind of learning is called immersive learning. For a while, you are someone else. For example a pensioner, a political refugee, or a patient. During the keynote ‘I am you’ of Joost Uitdewilligen, creative director at TinQwise at Tuesday from 11.00 to 11.45 am, you can learn all about this innovative learning method.
I am you
At TinQwise Joost started to investigate, already three years ago, whether immersive learning can produce empathy, and whether such empathy can result in behavioral change. It turns out that it is possible to use immersive learning as a learning solution. And Joost is very happy to discuss the latest developments with you. The reason why Joost started all this? Joost is always asking the people around him this question: “What would the world look like if I could be you? If we could feel empathy not just for the people close to us, but for total strangers?’ Needless to say that Joost himself is a firm believer of the power of empathy.
Or, as Joost puts it: ‘I believe that people who experience the life of another person for a while have a better understanding of that person. Of course, it is difficult to literally stand in the shoes of someone else, but virtually it is possible. In a virtual reality, you can experience what it is like to be another person. So the only question that remains is, once you have experienced that other life, are you more aware of the problems that person faces? Does your attitude towards that person change? I think it does. Virtual reality opens up a whole new education world.”