To break monotony of remote learning, Rutgers built virtual worlds | EdScoop

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As an alternative to video conferencing, developers at Rutgers University have designed new virtual reality environments for students and faculty.
The virtual worlds are designed to allow students to simulate work experiences and put their learning into practice in more realistic environments. Michael Gradin, Rutgers’ assistant director of game research and immersive design, told EdScoop the technology is an alternative to simply having discussions through web-conferencing platforms as students continue learning remotely during the pandemic. The virtual spaces, he said, designed by Rutgers’ game research and immersive design department, allow students to act out scenarios, like therapy sessions for students studying social work or mediation for law students.
“Students and teachers basically have a space that help immerse them in the idea that was going to be taught in the class,” Gradin told EdScoop.
While students in Rutgers’ School of Social Work are using the platform to simulate therapy sessions and practice studying various concepts learned in class, students at at Rutgers Law School in Camden are using the virtual spaces to learn about civil mediation.
Caroline Petrilla, a law professor at Rutgers, is using teaching students about mediation process by allowing them to act out a theoretical neighborhood dispute …

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