How VR is being used to teach leadership

A woman using VR gaming equipment
A woman using VR gaming equipment, photo by Marco Verch, via Wikimedia Commons

At a business school in Germany, executives from some of the biggest local companies are locked in a digital room and observed as they attempt to escape. The virtual reality game goes for 45 minutes that is being used to educate leadership and specifically within the digital world.

The digitisation of businesses and topics is a trending movement and many schools are adopting the trend and teaching it to their students. It’s a big deal as digital technology will ultimately affect businesses and how they operate. On the other hand it is hard to talk teach and discuss the implications of technology without using it. Immersing people within the digital world is a way to learn how to lead, work as a team and problem solve within the digital world.

The school in Germany that is actively taking advantage of this technology and teaching strategy works with the game developer to broaden the student’s perspectives of the digital world including topics such as cyber security.

This teaching style is a unique example of how schools are shifting beyond typical educational means and using technology to teach new areas that the world has an overwhelming need for.

Australia is in desperate need of IT experts and has been known to import professionals from other countries in times of crisis. When a business has a digital emergency due to internet failure or a cyber-attack, people from outside the country are paid to fly in and assist in the issue. This ultimately costs more as you have to pay for flights and accommodation on top of pay for their services.

As cyber threats are constantly evolving the shortage of people who are skilled in the area of cyber security could leave Australia at risk.

Education and growing these skillsets in Australia is an important part to ensure that our country can keep up in the rocket ship of an industry. There was a Government report last year that stated that Australia needs an estimated 11,000 specialists in cyber security over the next decade. There are more universities and TAFEs offering these courses but there needs to be extra measures in place.

It has been proposed making it a part of the school curriculum could put Australia on the right path. Or should we shift into different aspects that we haven’t thought about before. Germany’s VR education seems to be a prosperous transition in terms of education and teaching strategies.

The world has a lot to learn from this new technology that can give nations the professionals that they need. Whether others will adopt it in the near future is unknown but due to the success and popularity of the new trend it should only be a matter of time.