Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) students are to use virtual reality (VR) technology to improve their interview skills and practice interview techniques in a safe space.
The college has partnered with Bodyswaps, a leading provider of virtual reality soft skills training, which will provide virtual reality headsets and a simulation program that will help students answer questions, hone their skills in interview and manage interview anxiety, as well as improve their social skills such as listening and presenting.
The exercise aims to help students feel more prepared and confident for the interview process. The technology will provide behavioral analysis of their words, voice and body language and give real-time advice on how to improve, so they’re ready for the real thing.
If the experiment is successful, more modules to help students’ personal development in areas such as gender inclusion could be introduced.
Anna Thorpe, Industry Careers and Placement Team Leader at BCoT, said:
“Interviews have always been extremely important for finding a job, whether you’re fresh out of college or a seasoned professional. We know that some students may be apprehensive about interviews, and we want to help them feel comfortable and empowered to positively display their attributes during an interview process. We are excited to use this new technology to help our students develop interview skills that will help them stand out from the crowd. »
Feedback from students and staff on how the tool has helped them and how the experience could be improved will be forwarded to the Bodyswaps team.
This VR technology is the latest EdTech provision from BCoT, which is recognized as a pioneer in classroom technology.
The college uses a flipped learning approach combining in-person classes with online classes to allow students to practice independent study skills and develop their own digital skills, preparing them for any path of progression, whether at university, in apprenticeship or at work. The college was recently included in the 2021/22 EdTech 50 – the largest and most competitive education technology recognition program – for the third time and is and is in the finals for the AoC Beacon Award for the use of digital technology.
Jay Anderson, apprentice learning technologist and former student digital leader at BCoT, led the project with Bodyswaps. He said:
“We are proud to work with Bodyswaps – it is important that we help develop the digital skills of all learners not only in their academic studies, but also in their personal skills.”
Scott Hayden, Digital Innovation Specialist, said
“It’s important to us that we use technology to improve teaching and learning for all learners, but we also feel compelled to show how it can be used to help build valuable human CORE skills (Compassion, Originality, Responsibility, and Empathy) that can never be replaced. Bodyswaps provides safe, contextual learning that helps all students practice on their own device or use virtual reality in college to feel better prepared and equipped with more confidence and self-awareness when their next step comes”
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