Learning Foundations

Virtual Learning draws its power from three core learning principles: visual, experiential, and self-directed learning, the most effective ways to teach students. It allows students to be fully  involved in their education, instead of merely passive observers.  Learning is much more effective when it is an active discovery process.

Self-Directed Learning

Virtual learning sets the stage for self-directed learning.  Optimal learning takes place when the student works at her own pace, is actively involved in performing specific learning tasks, and experiences success in learning. Real time 3D programs provide unlimited choices for students. Students can fly, drive, swim, or walk anywhere and the number of possible combinations of real-time interactive choices available are infinite. Students learn more when they control learning so 3D programs are designed to allow them to make real-time decisions to observe a subject from their own vantage point.

Experiential Learning

“I hear and I forget. I see and I understand. I do and I remember.”

–Confucius

One of the basic ways we learn during our lifetime is though experience. Educators have always sought to take advantage of this natural learning process by designing learning that focuses on concrete experiences. It has been assumed, correctly, that active rather than passive processes better encourage learning, especially for students. This idea is not new. The 3D leaning program gives the student responsibility for and control over the learning process. It orchestrates an opportunity for the student to have a relevant experience of discovery and learning.  Students see and discover underlying principles and master necessary behaviors through active experimentation. 

-Learning is more effective when it is an active discovery process

-Learning is most effective when thought and action are integrated

-The more realistic the learning, the more effective it will be as an educational device

Visual Learning

The human being is a very visual creature. Most of the information we receive come from visual images because it is simply the most effective and natural way for human being to process information. That is the way we are designed.  Unfortunately, most of the information we are asked to understand (like this document, for example) is not in such a natural form. The human mind can only read 100 bits/characters per second. However, visually it can absorb the equivalent of 1,000,000,000 bits per second. Half of the human brain is dedicated to visual processing. Using virtual reality is the most natural way for us to learn aside from actually seeing, hearing, and doing. 

Because 3D learning presents information to us three-dimensionally (our brains think in threedimensions), we are able to process the information naturally and efficiently. We also retain more of the information presented to us, which is very important for learning purposes.