The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) is a leading school for vocational skills in Singapore. Since its formation in 1992, the Institute of Technical Education has trained more than 350,000 Singaporeans, who have contributed significantly to the nation’s economy and growth. Like all academic institutions, ITE is struggling with how to teach more with less as the cost of education continues to rise and how to offer engaging classes for its students while also preparing them for the real world. Immersive virtual training simulations are a solution to this issue.
In Marine and Offshore Technology there are procedures students must learn and strictly follow in order to ensure a safe working environment on a rig. Incorrectly executing these procedures can result in a worker putting themselves and others at serious risks. Students also need to think on their feet and how to follow protocol without compromising safety. How can ITE’s students get this understanding from a classroom?
Physical equipment required for training is extremely costly. Schools are only able to afford small quantities of equipment for training, and are infrequently replaced due to cost. This means that students have limited access to the equipment for ‘hands-on’ training which is a crucial part of any skills training.
Keeping Students Engaged
Attention spans are shortening and the quantity of knowledge students must have is rapidly increasing. As ITE prepares students for technical careers, they must figure out how to keep students engaged and improve their understanding of subject matter.
The Solution: Immersive Virtual Training
EON Reality and ITE partnered to create several applications including Marine and Offshore Technology, Aerospace Technology, and more. The purpose is to use Virtual Reality to increase the engagement of today’s digital learners by using innovative learning methods, enabling them to comprehend concepts faster, ignite their curiosity to investigate, and foster community learning. As an example in Marine and Offshore Technology, trainees can virtually work on an oil rig. These students are not only able to familiarize themselves with the complex structure and various equipment used, but also to train themselves in performing important safety operations simulating real-life scenarios in various weather conditions.
Quality Learning Without Compromising Safety
While working in the Icube’s immersive 3D environment ITE students can experience working in environments like an oil rig. On the oil rig for example the Icube simulates different weather conditions from heavy rain to strong winds, and this gives students a chance to think on their feet whether to take action and how to go about doing it without compromising safety.
Virtual Equipment, Real Savings
An entire off shore platform can be simulated in ITE’s Icube, allowing updates and modifications to the training regimen and classwork without needed a whole new piece of equipment. Additionally, new ‘equipment’ can be added digitally allowing students to keep up with advances in the field without huge new capital outlays for equipment.
Virtual Reality empowers trainees to learn-by-doing. There is no better way to keep students engaged than by having them simulate the actual tasks they are preparing to perform. VR simulations such as the Marine and Offshore Technology puts students in engaging situations that mirror real life scenarios.
The pre-flight checks and maintenance are crucial to safe flight and now the Aviation Maintenance Trainer provide a safer and more cost-effective means of learning this crucial step. The simulation provides an immersive environment enables trainees to gain hands on experience performing their pre-flight checks. Through this immersive environment these trainees are able to learn faster, remember longer, and decide better.
“Collaborating with EON Reality has allowed us to bring the ‘classroom of the future’ to ITE. Virtual Reality classrooms complement ITE’s hallmark authentic learning pedagogy exceptionally well. The real-life scenarios have made learning more immersive and interesting for our students. We can now simulate learning situations where we may not be able to build the required physical infrastructure.”Bruce PohDirector and CEO of ITE