Virtual Reality makes it’s way into the classroom at Brighton MET

As technology continues to rapidly advance, it is becoming increasingly important for educational institutions to integrate innovative tools which enhance the learning experience. Brighton Metropolitan College (Brighton MET) are leading the way. They are equipping students with the digital skills they need to succeed in a world ever reliant on technology. 

Whether it’s exploring the Metaverse, interpreting data, or creating virtual landscapes, Brighton MET is investing in state-of-the-art software and virtual reality (VR) tools. These will revolutionise the way students learn and engage with digital technology. 

According to the groups Digital Learning Technologist, Joel Samuels, the addition of VR, cyber security, artificial intelligence and drone technology to the group’s repertoire is a natural progression towards the cutting edge of technological innovation in education. 

“We are thrilled to have these devices as a tool for our lecturers and students. The possibilities for learning and exploring are truly endless.” – Joel Samuels, Digital Learning Technologist

Proud to be a Centre of Digital Excellence Sussex (CODES)

The CODES project has provided state-of-the-art equipment, training and bespoke accredited courses. This will ensure Brighton MET is in a strong position to provide the local community with the digital skills they need.

“I am excited to create innovative and engaging learning experiences using these incredible machines. Also to explore the many ways that technology can enhance student prospects and pathways” – Joel Samuels, Digital Learning Technologist

Virtual reality supporting jobseekers back into work

The College recently bid, and successfully secured a grant created by VR training providers Bodyswaps and Meta. These funds will be used to investigate what role immersive learning can play in supporting and training adult students. Students will be invited to participate in mock job interviews in a virtual reality environment. They can hone their skills in a realistic roleplay.  The aim of the programme is to improve learners self-condience, communication skills and use technology to provide a transition back into the workforce. The VR software will allow the individual to practice skills in a safe, controlled environment that is also very close to real-world experiences. 

“I am passionate about technology and I have a strong desire for the VR immersive experience to be widely available. Initiatives like these support individuals in a successful transition to work. We are changing lives through learning every day, every learner, and every opportunity matters.” – Iwona Flanc, Deputy Head of Learning Programmes for Jobseekers

Gain the knowledge to use technology effectively in the real-world

From September 2023, Brighton MET will be offering T Levels in Digital Business Services, Digital Support Services and Digital Production. These brand new qualifications will see graduates progressing to skilled-careers in fields such as digital marketing, cyber security and data analytics. Students will experience cutting-edge technologies, including VR, cloud technology, hardware and software. Outside the classroom, students will benefit from industry placements gaining hands-on experience of the tech industry. 

“Digital skills are crucial for young people. They are essential for success in many aspects of modern life, from education and employment to personal communication and problem-solving. As technology continues to rapidly evolve, having strong digital skills will become even more important. Especially for staying competitive and adapting to changing circumstances.” – Nick Sutton, Computing Lecturer

Students learn the skills to enter gaming industry worth £7.5 billion

Interest in games development has exploded over the last 10 years. The UK video games industry is worth an estimated £7.5 billion*. It is no wonder young people are keen to launch their careers in this exciting field. Brighton MET is offering a Level 3 qualification in Games, Animation and Special Effects. Explore the fundamentals needed to create stunning virtual worlds, with opportunities to work with industry specialists on live briefs and attend events around the country such as Comic Con. 

Students will learn all aspects of game and concept design within a creative and supportive environment. Including, 3D digital animation using software such as 3Ds Max, GameMaker, Sculptris and Mudbox. This course takes place in the newly renovated £21milion Centre for Creative and Digital Arts. It includes a range of innovative technology and equipment.

*Source: IBISWorld, 2022

Key digital skills needed for entrepreneurs

The proliferation of technology is booming! Business owners and freelancers must be prepared for the advent of new technologies that can disrupt the business environment overnight.

Consider for a moment your own skill-set. How aware are you about the regulations surrounding data protection and cyber security? Are you confident using social media to promote yourself? How does your website fair in comparison to your competitors? Whether it is Social Media for Beginners or An Introduction to HTML Coding, highly-skilled tutors at Brighton MET are waiting to share their knowledge across a range of part-time classes.

As we look to the future, it’s clear that digital technology will only continue to play a bigger role in our lives. By embracing these tools in the classroom, we have the opportunity to not only bridge the digital skills gap but to equip our communities with the knowledge they need to succeed in an ever-changing world.

Imagine a classroom where students can explore ancient civilisations through VR, or collaborate with peers from around the globe through AI-powered platforms. With these tools at our fingertips, the possibilities are endless.

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