Learn to challenge racist microaggressions with this free new VR experience
Leading VR soft skills training provider Bodyswaps is releasing its first Anti-Racism VR experience today, co-developed with subject matter experts from George Brown College (Toronto, Canada).
The simulation, which is currently in beta version, is the first module in the series ‘Let’s Talk About Race’. It will be available for entirely for free throughout March.
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The experience holds up a mirror to the blindspots around our own biases and helps learners reflect on the behaviours that have been so prominent in shaping our societies today. Embodying avatars and interacting with virtual humans, learners get to practise challenging others to reflect on their microaggressions safely and effectively.
“George Brown College is an extremely diverse population with different ethnicities, nationalities, orientations and denominations working together on a daily basis. It is essential that all of our students and staff have the tools to speak about race and diversity courageously and respectfully while being active in creating an open and welcoming environment for all,” said Michael Avis, Faculty Facilitator and Educational Technology Coach of George Brown College.
“It was paramount to work closely with subject matter experts and teachers when creating the scenarios addressing topics such as privilege, bias and microaggressions to get as much insight and feedback as possible throughout the project,” explained Christophe Mallet, CEO of Bodyswaps. “We also recruited students to review scripts and act as voice artists for some of the characters in the simulations to make them as authentic as possible.”
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