North East-based organisation NCFE has launched its first virtual reality app to support its child, health and social care CACHE qualifications, as well as giving expectant parents a peek at their baby’s development.
PregnancyVue, a 3D virtual reality app, offers a fully immersive 3D learning experience for individuals with Oculus Go headsets and a 2D version for those with Android and Apple smartphones.
Designed and developed in consultation with learners, tutors and subject specialists, PregnancyVue offers the user an opportunity to see and experience foetal development from conception to birth from a viewpoint inside the womb.
Complete with an accompanying audio guide, the app helps learners and new parents understand the factors of each of the baby’s development stages, from pre-conception right up until the end of the pregnancy.
Users of the app can spend time inside the womb to develop a deeper understanding of the environment and there is also the opportunity to switch to an external viewpoint and cross-section of the body to support a full understanding of development and anatomy.
Commenting on the decision for CACHE to invest in XR technology, director of CACHE Julie Hyde, said: “This is a very exciting time for CACHE. We’re continually investing in ensuring our qualifications are high quality and that they are being delivered at a gold standard. EdTech is growing rapidly and as a leader in our field, it is our responsibility to make sure we are investing in the best technologies out there to improve standards and support our learners.”
Initially developed specifically for NCFE’s CACHE qualifications, the app is now available to expectant parents to guide them through each month and stage of pregnancy.
Pauline Kaur, an expectant mother, had never used virtual reality before trying PregnancyVue and was amazed at the results.
Speaking on her time using the app, Pauline said: “I think expectant parents would find PregnancyVue useful because you’re immersed in the whole experience and there’s no outside distractions.
“It felt quite natural to use and it was quite emotional watching the baby get bigger. It’s an amazing process and seeing it like it is on PregnancyVue is a really nice way of learning more about how everything works.”
Dawn Baker, director of group innovation at NCFE, added: “We’re always exploring how we can offer learners and tutors the best possible experience of our qualifications.
“PregnancyVue brings our child care qualifications to life in a completely new way. Learners who have trialled the app are not only excited by the app, but they understand and respond to the topic like never before.
“I truly believe this app has the potential to change how human biology is taught across the sector.”
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