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Assistants are transferred to another dimension

In the Far East, volunteers will be trained to work with VR and AR

In Vladivostok this spring, volunteers will start to work in virtual and augmented realities (VR and AR) - for the first time in Russia. Increased attention to volunteers in this year of volunteer throughout the country is understandable, but why should they virtual reality? EastRussia understood the new trend in education in the Far East.

Assistants are transferred to another dimension
Photo: provided by the FEFU Volunteer Training Center
In Primorsky Krai, event volunteering began to develop after the APEC-2012 Summit. To this event the assistants were trained by the FENU Volunteer Training Center, founded in 2011. Since then, volunteer students have been working on important events such as the World Summer Universiade, the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Universiade Fires Relay, the World Youth and Students Festival, the Eastern Economic Forum and many others.

"During the training we develop stress tolerance, communication skills, teach teamwork, provide first aid, teach business and multicultural etiquette," says Daria Belyavtseva, president of the FEFU Volunteer Training Center. - Russian President Vladimir Putin announced 2018 year as the year of volunteer and volunteer in Russia. For us, this news has become an incentive to the ideological leap. And we decided to master a new direction for our country - VR-volunteering. Virtual technologies are gaining popularity, knowledge of them will help our volunteers to keep pace with the times. In addition, every year in FEFU more and more events, which are organized by virtual reality sites, so we are sure that our guys with such unique knowledge will definitely be in demand.

In March, the Volunteer Training Center together with Vladivostok Virtual Reality Laboratory "VR-Lab DV" will launch the basic course "Basics of Working with VR". Volunteers will be taught how to use equipment and safety equipment. Anyone can take this course. It is planned that volunteers who successfully completed the introductory training will be able to continue their education in the advanced course, where they will learn how to create applications for VR and AR.

"We help prepare volunteers for work on virtual and augmented reality venues organized at various events of the university," says Edgar Fyodorov, a specialist at Vladivostok virtual reality laboratory VR-Lab DV. - At these sites represent the achievements of science in the field of VR, and visitors are lining up to test a new invention on themselves. Volunteers will know how virtual technologies are created and operate, they can conduct instruction, make sure that a person immersed in virtual space observes safety techniques.

Putting on virtual reality glasses, a person is immersed in another dimension. He sees an 360-degree photograph, a video image, or a simulated space. Development under VR is the same as for computer games. Using the VR-joystick and controller, the user manipulates objects in space.

In 2017, FEFU, together with the Cyber ​​Russia project of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI), launched a master's program in augmented and virtual reality - Game development & VR. Undergraduates create and implement software based on VR and AR technologies. VR volunteers will also be involved in the work of the master's program: they will help set up equipment and study technical nuances. The joint project "Cyber ​​Russia" is aimed at the development of technologies of virtual and augmented reality, robotics and artificial intelligence. This year, the project specialists will conduct a two-week intensive for volunteers and magistrates of FEFU.

"I became a volunteer in 2015, and this activity gave me a lot: I learned to find an approach to different people, stopped being shy, I have many connections that will come in handy in the future," says coach of VR-volunteers Maria Turchenkova. - Now I am a trainer in the School of Volunteer Training, after the course "Fundamentals of working with VR" I will teach other guys to these technologies. We will combine the technological skills of using equipment with safety technology and the etiquette of communication with people. At the subsequent trainings we will look at video clips using virtual reality. Future volunteers will virtually find themselves in stressful situations that occur at events, and learn how to react to them correctly.

Also, the university plans to create a special Internet platform, where the records of these training trainings will be unloaded. Anyone can see them, learn from experience.  

Virtual reality technologies (VR) have already begun to apply in education. They play an important role in professions where the life of a person is at risk of death. For example: heart surgery, control of a high-speed train, space shuttle, fire safety and so on. Having put on glasses, the student can feel on himself various situations with which he will have to face, be trained to avoid mistakes in real life.

- Students come to the Center from the first year to study. They want to develop skills and acquire competencies, which they will need in the future in the profession. And, of course, feel part of a significant event, which is very much in Vladivostok and the region, - explains Daria Belyavtseva. - It is possible that VR-volunteers, having received basic knowledge from us, will develop further in this direction, will be employed by companies working with virtual technologies.
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