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Empowering Equity in Education With Virtual Reality and Immersive Learning

May 28, 2021

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JFFLabs and SAP have partnered to pilot an effort to introduce immersive learning to classrooms across the country.

Stacy Holliday Associate Director
Practices & Centers

The pandemic dramatically disrupted learning as we knew it. While that disruption widened gaps in access to education that already existed along racial, ethnic, and socio-economic lines, it also accelerated advances in innovation that could help close those gaps.

Immersive learning represents one of the most promising options for changing traditional approaches to education and closing achievement gaps.

In a Forbes column, Stephanie Nashawaty, chief customer innovation officer at SAP North America, announced that SAP and JFFLabs have launched an effort to introduce immersive learning to students across the country through a new initiative called the Skill Immersion Lab. Using software developed by Talespin, students in Skill Immersion Lab courses are engaging in immersive experiences using desktop computing systems and virtual reality (VR) platforms to strengthen their human skills—also called employability or “soft” skills—such as communication and leadership capabilities.

SAP and JFFLabs have rolled out Skill Immersion Lab programs at three sites that work with high-school-age learners:

It’s all about giving learners access to technology that is proven to be an effective teaching tool for tough topics. We want to give them the language to think about things differently—and understand that they have a place within any environment, whether it’s a corporate setting or a community one. These deep communication skills will help them succeed.

Katie Booth, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, North America, SAP
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