The VR experts in Engineering School (clockwise from front left): Sherly, Zhou Hong, Chris, Tommy and Poh Hoon
A team of virtual reality (VR) developers from the Interactive Digital Centre Asia (IDC Asia) in the School of Engineering, Temasek Polytechnic (TP), emerged champions in the InnovJAM VR+Pedagogy Contest held on 25 May 2017, beating 36 other teams comprising industry experts, professional training providers, and tertiary institutions.
Contestants were required to develop a 10–15 minute skills-based lesson that incorporates VR elements in its training delivery and/or assessment modules, and they were judged on their pedagogical basis, use of VR technologies, level of learner interactivity, and audio-visual impact.
The VR learning module which the TP team developed is part of the lessons that aim to equip students from TP's Diploma in Aerospace Engineering with the knowledge and skills to perform a visual inspection of an aircraft combustion chamber, which, due to its complex design and location inside the Gas Turbine Engine of an aircraft, is normally difficult to access and view.
The VR module allows students to rotate the combustion chamber virtually using their hands, as well as to select which components they want to learn about first, thereby allowing them to take charge of their own learning. An assessment is also included to test their understanding of the lesson.
The School of Engineering's expertise in VR is a key benefit for students who opt for the Diploma in 3D Interactive Media Technology (JAE code: T49).