OCULUS BOLSTERS EDUCATION ARM WITH NEW PILOT PROGRAMS: Oculus on Tuesday launched three new pilot programs of Oculus Education, its division that partners with educators and institutions to better understand how VR can aid in learning. The pilot programs, which are set to launch in Taiwan, Japan, and Seattle, bring the company’s VR headsets — Oculus Rift and Oculus Go — to educational institutions to test new use cases for VR. For example, in Japan, Oculus is working with high school educators and students to facilitate long distance learning, in which students use VR headsets to attend class without physically being present. And in Seattle, Oculus is partnering with Seattle Public Schools to develop a VR creation course for future curricula.
The new pilot programs mark Oculus’ continued momentum in transforming VR into and educational tool. Just last week Oculus added more experiences to its VR for Good campaign, which partners with filmmakers, using immersive storytelling to inform users on important social issues such white supremacy and gender identity. Oculus’ new programs will help the company expand the applications of VR, and in turn, appeal to broader audiences, which is crucial in growing VR headset adoption going forward.