Education With VR technology: Vir2TEX Erasmus+ Project Final Meeting


Education With VR technology: Vir2TEX Erasmus+ Project Final Meeting

“Digital Education Materials for Sustainable Textile Education (Vir2TEX)” Erasmus Plus project held the final meeting

The final meeting of the Erasmus Plus project “Digital Education Materials for Sustainable Textile Education (Vir2TEX)” was organized. The project aimed to increase the knowledge level of students studying in the field of textiles with digital technologies and develop new learning materials for distance education. It was carried out by Ege University with national and international partners, including Yaşar University.

Emel Akın Vocational School faculty member and project coordinator Prof. Dr. Sevda Altaş commented that the students were taught using VR 360 video glasses as part of the “Textile Manufacturing with Innovative E-Learning Methods” course. Ege University Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Budak congratulated the coordinator and teachers who contributed to the project.

Emel Akın Vocational School faculty member Prof. Dr. Sevda Altaş, Yaşar University faculty member Murat Ertan Doğan, European project partners, academics, and students attended the meeting. At the final meeting, the participants tested the training contents developed with VR glasses.

Prof. Dr. Sevda Altaş provided information regarding the details of the project, stating, Giving information about the details of the project, Prof. Dr. Sevda Altaş said, “We aimed to provide new learning experiences by attracting the attention of students while teaching both in the classroom and distance education with the new educational materials developed. With this project, we eliminated the screen, placed students in the middle of real situations with VR 360 video, and used the potential of virtual reality (VR) for better understanding and learning activities. With the videos prepared with professional voiceover in the studio environment, our students can now get to know the production process and machines remotely without going to the factory. The project’s results included the creation of 14-Week Training material and an English course titled “Textile Manufacturing Process from Fiber to Garment with Innovative E-Learning Methods.” For the first time, students received education by using innovative learning methods in the Vocational School. 

“Our project will benefit institutions providing textile education.”

Expressing that the project outputs will benefit institutions providing education in the field of textiles, Prof. Dr. Altaş said, “The target audience of this project is vocational school students studying textile, textile engineering, and fashion design students. It consists of teachers, trainers, and consultants who provide education in the field of textiles, those who have just started working in private companies producing textiles, students, and educators who receive textile education in lifelong learning through sustainable learning and awareness. Therefore, this project will also benefit other textile education institutions that do not have the infrastructure but need to practice on many machines while explaining the subjects to the students during the education and training process. All teachers, students, and people who want to improve themselves in the field of textiles can easily access the project outputs free of charge. Nowadays, when we continue hybrid education with students, the educational materials developed are tested by Emel Akın Vocational School students, and the contents are updated based on the feedback obtained from the questionnaires applied to the students. This course will be the first course to be conducted using innovative methods in a vocational school and will support future studies on this subject.”

Yaşar University, Alanya Hamdullah Emin Paşa University, ETN School (Italy), Universitatea Religious Ptesti (Romania), and Eduexpert (Poland) are the partners of the project, which is coordinated by Ege University. Uz Pamuk, Tepas Tekstil, Sun Tekstil, and Ekoten companies supported the training contents prepared within the scope of the project. The developed training contents can be accessed by the website https://vir2tex.yasar.edu.tr