Today’s blog posts looks at how the quality of teaching and learning has been improved at PROCAT through the use of digital technology
David Hill, Course Leader at PROCAT Aviation Academy demonstrates Aerosim
Improving the quality of teaching and learning
The virtual learning technology empowers learners and their employers, supporting new ways of delivering education and skills. Students are able to explore an entire virtual work environment. Students navigate virtual environments and participate in real life scenarios and see results in real time.
The use of digital technology enables students to learn and practice skills in a virtual environment before working on an actual process in real life.
Working in a virtual learning environment provides students with a distraction free environment to learn in and focus on conducting simulated maintenance tests and practice troubleshooting procedures without real-world limitations.
Virtual learning is engaging and interactive for students and motivates them to learn. It enhances their overall experience of classroom training. It also makes classroom time more productive as students can enter the virtual environment immediately. Students are able to work at their own pace as well as, watch demonstrated procedures. Students can repeatedly practice procedures until they are confident without the cost of real-life materials.
Improving access to those with learning disabilities
The virtual learning technology supports learners with special needs by helping them with learning skills, for example, the use of technology has been successful for students with Asperger’s syndrome who can be taught social skills such as sharing, listening and taking an interest in others through the virtual environment. The use of the virtual learning environment supports learners with varying needs, as the technology enables learners to explore, interpret, select and acquire knowledge and understanding at their own pace.
How this equipment would benefit FE learners
The virtual learning technology allows FE students to experience the workplace in the classroom and brings to life traditional classroom and computer based learning into life-like situations in virtual reality. FE students are able to emulate activity in the workplace and replicate soft skills and experience real-life situations in a virtual environment. The use of virtual learning environments allows FE students to experience the workplace before they begin their apprentices and allows them to work environment situations. The use of the technology enables FE students to explore hands on and helps with understanding of complex subjects, theories and concepts. The use of the technology provides unlimited practicing and active, realistic and immersive training.