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eCom Secures Ufi Funding for Virtual Reality Research

eCom Scotland is delighted to secure a grant from Ufi Charitable Trust to fund innovative virtual reality (VR) research. Ufi is an independent charity dedicated to increasing the delivery of adult vocational skills through digital technology.

Posted 28 November 2017

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Virtual Reality for Training, Learning and Assessment

The Digging into the Past project will develop immersive online learning and assessment experience to support an education program run by an environmental charity. The education program helps disadvantaged young people into employment and the objective of the Virtual Reality training project is to increase the number of students completing the program. This ground-breaking project is one of the first to use VR for combined learning and assessment.


Immersive Observational Online Assessment

The education program includes a mandatory observational assessment which is only held a few times a year. If a student misses an assessment, they often drop out of the whole program. This initiative will create an immersive online assessment experience simulating the original assessment, giving candidates another opportunity to be assessed.

The students will view and interact with 360 videos and images, recording audio clips to log their experience as they go. Once complete, they will submit the recorded evidence to the assessment engine for observational assessment.

Linda Steedman, CEO at eCom, said “eCom’s investment in R&D on the learner interface of virtual reality is vital as VR technology becomes more accessible in terms of price and usability. We are focused on understanding how VR training can deliver tangible benefits to organisations”.


Find out more

Watch the video below to learn more about the positive impact of our VR research and training solution on the UK’s vocational skills landscape.