Sunday, May 4, 2008

Immersive Learning Environments

Immersive Environments, to many people, mean virtual worlds like Sim City or Second Life but it can also mean themed environments like Universal Studios or the San Diego Zoo and real-world immersions like white-water rafting or a trip to Europe.

The future of education is in Immersive Learning Environments that will be a combination of real-world experiences (apprenticeships/field trips/service learning, etc.), simulated, themed experiences (children's museums, Exploratorium, interactive museums, etc.) and virtual experiences (flight simulators, Sim City, Grand Theft Auto IV, etc.)

Currently, most immersive learning environments exist outside of schools.
In the future, schools will become combinations of themed environments, virtual worlds, and hands-on, project-based learning environments in which students are immersed in learning.

This will require more than architectural innovation to include immersive and themed environment expertise so that the interior environment of the school becomes part of the instructional program. No longer, dreary halls and lockers, the students will learn from the environments in schools the way they do in museums, theme parks, and educational video games.

Above is an image of Universal Studio's Harry Potter immersive environment scheduled to open in Orlando, FL in 2009. Schools of the future will feature immersive learning environments and experiences drawn from the world of virtual, themed, and real-world experiential learning.

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