Digital Dating – Virtual Reality

Digital Meetings, delivered in podcast form, aims to highlight people working in promising technology fields so they can tell us about their reality at work and the connections to be made with the school environment.

In this episode, Martin Rioux talks with Harold Dumur about the OVA business. When he started his business, providing an online training environment for a large American company, he stepped into a void. Few could describe what virtual reality was like a decade ago, he recalls.

“Many e-learning platforms already exist. I was looking for what the next technology would be E-learning. I saw it in three dimensions,” he recalled. Thus began his entrepreneurial adventure. Today, the platform it offers is a virtual reality tutorial creation tool that allows customers to modify their image (similar to creating a website using WordPress or Wix templates).

According to him, the pandemic has definitely given a boost to all kinds of technologies related to virtual reality. “We’re looking for new experiences online without traveling, and then we want to build communities. And it will be, metaverse? “Metaverse is under construction. It will definitely be an extension of virtual reality, a lighter mixed reality that we can use with a keyboard and mouse, like a video game, without a headset,” he predicted.

And does deep learning work? “Yes, it really contributes to learning!” He gives the example of an experiment conducted on 12-13-year-old students in Japan. A traditional learning class and a deep learning class were studied. Both groups of youth learned basic concepts in physics. “They found that the best person in the traditional class and the worst person in immersion performed better! Also, the attention rate was 92% in virtual reality, compared to 46% in the traditional classroom. »

Harold Dumur was part of the second cohort of the Protic program, where each student had a laptop computer. It was an invention in the 90s. He believes that this opportunity to explore new technologies while in school contributed to his career. Learning was done by project, and collaboration was at the heart of educational activities. “It was not transferred from paper to the computer. There was another way to teach. »

According to him, since virtual reality and artificial intelligence are new today, it is important for teachers to find new technologies of their time. “Teachers must be trained, discover technologies, be supported in a certain way to develop new skills”.

“I think the next language to learn is programming. »

He asks the youth to imagine the technologies of tomorrow and take interest in today’s technologies. “If we do not understand the technology, we cannot seize all the opportunities that arise. »

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Harold Dumur was part of the first group PROTIC project In the second stage. In 2014, he founded the company OVA, which creates StellarX, which enables businesses to create immersive and mixed reality content with 3D objects using drag and drop. This digital environment enables high-speed training and the creation of new work environments.

Virtual Reality Training Course

This podcast is part of a series of Multimodal Training Pathways produced by École Franchi. Each of them includes an information file, a tutorial from the CréaCamp Découverte series, an interview with an expert and a SCOOP! Includes a guide to educational activities from the collection.

Click here for the full virtual reality trail!

The purpose of these pathways is to equip teachers for their professional development and inspire them to implement projects that address current technology subjects with their students.

The project is made possible by funding from the Government of Quebec.

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