Innovative concept in education: preparing practical lessons with VR glasses

"As a gamechanger in education, you are always looking for innovation. And that is why, together with MetaChef - an international publisher of unique interactive 3D visual material for the food industry and education - we are working hard behind the scenes on a new innovation. Starting next academic year, we will offer our students the opportunity to prepare for practical lessons by using VR glasses. This perfectly matches our unique educational concept: Design Based Education", says Marco ten Hoor, Academy Director of Hotel Management School NHL Stenden.  

Knowledge of the kitchen through the use of VR glasses 
Using interactive and lifelike 3D models in the digital learning material, learning is made even more attractive for students. In a virtual kitchen, they learn all about the operation of kitchenware - from button knowledge to what it’s used for - product knowledge, safety and protection. The great advantage of this method is that the student can get started without a teacher and is therefore well prepared for the practical lessons. This works a lot more efficiently.  

You can almost touch it 
Because a 3D model is very visual, it makes products and preparation techniques even more realistic. Besides the fact that it is just very cool, it makes learning a lot more fun. Subjects such as food knowledge are also covered, which gives students an even quicker understanding of which product is in season, which is linked to the concept of Dutch Cuisine which is conducted within restaurant Wannee, one of Hotel Management Schools' learning companies.   

Digital transition  
Robbert Oude Luttikhuis (MetaChef) hopes that, through this collaboration, courses will be better able to participate in the digital transition. Robbert: "This is about the next phase of digital and interactive educational materials that will provide a huge quality improvement in hospitality education." Within Hotel Management School, Frederik van der Meulen, Department of Innovation & Change, and Marit de Vries, Project leader DBE Curriculum development, are creating a roadmap of digital developments and implementing them in the DBE curriculum. "In the four years that students study with us, we prepare them for the constantly changing world. Among other things, by introducing VR into education."