Leanne Walton, a Veterinary Technician student, uses a virtual reality headset to learn about sheep shearing.
Seneca College’s King Campus is employing virtual reality simulations to enhance students’ experiential learning in a variety of programs. The new technology allows students to be placed in pre-recorded scenarios to help them develop an in-depth, empathetic understanding of subjects under study, such as the lived experiences of dementia patients or underwater work challenges. “Employers want students with experience, but simulation labs and field visits allow only a limited experience to a limited number of students,” said Seneca Professor Tania Killian. “However, once filmed on VR, an experience can be accessed limitlessly and by any number of students.”