Virtual Reality Farm Experiences Shaping Our Future

RIST continues to build on its success in rural education with its innovative Vocational Education and Higher Education Program.

Louise Cameron using the Virtual Reality pod at RIST

Louise Cameron using the Virtual Reality pod at RIST

Imagine beaming into a shearing shed in Darkin, Western Australia or checking out some rams for sale in Barcaldine, Queensland all whilst you’re at Sheepvention in Hamilton. Well this is all possible thanks to Rural Industries Skills Training (RIST) and their FarmVR Virtual Reality Experience.

RIST has partnered with Think Digital, one of the leaders in immersive education in Australia, to develop this experience. Students will have the opportunity to put on a VR Headset and explore this innovative technology firsthand.

Tim Gentle from Think Digital believes immersive technologies like 360 photos, 360 videos, virtual reality, augmented reality aren’t just gimmicks anymore, in fact they can help improve efficiencies on farm, be used for safety and training and help us better communicate with our stakeholders and customers.

“Already we’re seeing producers use these experiences to communicate with export markets, where language may be a barrier.

“Our world will be a combination of real things and digital things and it needs to be seen to be believed,” he said.

RIST CEO Bill Hamill can see enormous opportunity for using this technology within the classroom to better engage and educate students of today. 

“Immersive Education is definitely a space to be in and one we are rolling out in our classrooms right now” he said.

“Agriculture is a digital industry and our students need to understand new technologies to improve their employment prospects into the future.

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RIST Agricultural Courses

RIST’s unique vocational education program offers students an integrated  pathway for studies in agriculture including traineeships in Agriculture and Certificate II and Certificate III levels through into higher non-traineeship education programs covering Certificate IV and Diploma level.  

 RIST has a partnership with CQUniversity allowing students to undertake a Bachelor of Agriculture in Western Victoria. Pathways into this undergraduate course can be through the traditional VCE or RIST’s vocational programs.

The comprehensive vocational education program delivered by RIST and including accredited and non-accredited courses offers broad, hands-on, practical training to meet industry demand and delivers workplace-ready graduates who are in demand by industry.

For more information, contact RIST

Janet Boland