In the context of the Skillman International Forum 2021, a number of workshops on different topics were implemented.
Among them, the one dedicated to VR digital technology drew a lot of attention from the audience, especially amongst the youngest attendees.
The workshop was carried out by Giovanni Golfarini and Camilla Meschi, VR trainers at Nkey srl and Fondazione Toscana Sostenibile, and it involved 15 people.
The event started with a brief, interactive presentation on VR and the how-to’s of making a VR video; everyone was encouraged to ask questions, which flowed organically as the presentation went on. All participants, especially the young volunteers from the Romanian association EduBiz, and students from Bozen’s art school Wob (Waldorf Mittel & Obersurfe) expressed great interest in the possibilities inherent in the tool of virtual reality.
After that, the audience had the chance to use the VR visors first hand: everyone was thrilled and highly enjoyed the experience- they found it cool and exciting, almost hard to believe. Some of the attendees already had some knowledge of virtual reality, having tried it at festivals or exhibitions or even having a VR camera at home, and everyone agreed on the opportunities that VR can offer if implemented in the education and training sector, since it “awakens all kinds of feelings and sensations”.
Finally, it was time for the most interactive part of the workshop, where everyone had a chance to try VR: the participants formed 2 groups and had fun playing around with the VR camera by following a script which was prepared beforehand by the two tutors, who assisted them in the shooting of the videos. The attendees who didn’t have any previous knowledge of virtual reality experimented with this new device, while the ones who were more familiar with it and had used it as a recreational tool agreed on how many opportunities this immersive medium could offer. The group from EduBiz made some significant remarks and observations, noting how in the area of formal education VR can offer a fully new perspective and could be of great help for disadvantaged students. Other attendees gave meaningful insights, suggesting the use of VR in the area of mental health, to express certain fears and phobias.
Overall, this youth-led workshop was a great success, with many attendees expressing their appreciation for the interactive component of the activity and how fun and interesting it was, from beginning to end. Check this page to view the finished results of this VR workshop along with the videos from some previous ones.
Nkey has recently become a member of the Skillman Network, which gave their team the opportunity to host the workshop at the international conference and set the basis for a long-lasting collaboration, including the organization of 2 upcoming parallel workshops, one targeted at juniors and one at seniors that will be merged for some joint activities, concerning non-formal methodologies through experimentation with virtual reality.
Since 2018, with Erasmus+ project VIRAL (Virtual Reality for Local Communities) Nkey has been developing new educational supports for social integration in small communities, involving 360° videos and virtual reality as a playful element in the learning path of adults for inclusion of minorities. As a result of this experience, in 2020 FTS embarked on another project called 2VIP (Video & Virtual Reality for Successful Youth’s Participation in Democratic Life), aimed at introducing VR videos in non-formal education to involve European youth in democratic life.
Both projects, and more that are still ongoing aim to develop new ICTs for non-formal education to involve adults in educational paths of European and national interest (for more information, you can visit https://viral.nkey.it or https://2vip.nkey.it).
In the coming weeks, the dates for the study visits in February, March, April 2022 will be announced for which 60 seats are still available. If you are interested in taking part, please fill in the form below.