Immersive Learning Hub
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Immersive Learning Hub

Getting Started

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Samaritans is available 24 hours a day for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential.
Phone 116 123 Email jo@samaritans.org

Mind provides advice and support on a range of topics including types of mental health problem, legislation and details of local help and support in England and Wales.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (weekdays 9am - 6pm)

Mental Health Foundation provides a guide to Mental Health problems, topical issues and treatment options via their website.

HOPELineUK offer support, practical advice and information to young people considering suicide and can also offer help and advice if you’re concerned about someone you know.​
Phone: 0800 068 41 41

CALM, the campaign against living miserably aims to prevent male suicide in the UK and offers anonymous, confidential listening, information and signposting.​​
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily 5pm-midnight)

Nightlines are confidential, anonymous, non-judgemental support services run by students for students. If you’re a student, you can search for your institution’s Nightline details via the website.​


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What Next?

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We hope you enjoy this immersive, avatar-based virtual world platform. Independent research describes evidence of increased access to insight and accelerated change when using ProReal.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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ProReal software is an immersive, virtual-world platform that helps individuals and groups create a visual representation of something and then explore different perspectives to help solve problems. Users enter a secure virtual landscape and add avatars and symbols to create representations of real-world scenarios. It is a digital tool that can be used by a wide range of organisations and sectors.

No. Although it’s built using 3D gaming technology it’s not a game. Whilst it can be fun to use, there are no levels or tasks to complete, and no one gets hurt! Once you start to use the software, you quickly become enjoyably immersed and realise that the virtual space is a place for reflection and insight.

Avatars are simply a representation of something or someone. They are plain and androgynous to enable the user to give them a meaningful identity. Avatars can represent people or parts of self - e.g. inner critic or wise self.

Symbols are used to represent things that are more abstract; for example, adding a wall between two people or groups might represent part of the relationship that prevents easy access.

The software is designed so the ‘reality’ is in the users mind and not on the screen. This makes it more ‘real’, and therefore increasing the opportunity to immerse and learn.

Evidence of the effectiveness of ProReal can be seen here and points to a number of benefits:

  • Increased disinhibition
  • Increased access to insight
  • Improved self-awareness
  • Empathy building
  • Help with expression of difficult thoughts and feelings

Our top tips for how to get the most out of using ProReal:

  • Allow enough time for yourself – at least 20 mins.
  • As you add avatars ensure the colour, posture and thoughts & feelings caption is completed for each.
  • Play – there’s no right or wrong way to set out a scene.
  • Notice how you feel and what you think as you build a scene and then make that part of it.
  • When you take the perspective of others notice how they might feel, what they can and cannot see, and what they might think/need/fear.

20 minutes should be enough to set out a scene and take perspectives, however individual guides can vary, and each has a recommendation of time.

Yes. Anonymity and having a ‘safe place’ are important for reflective practice so we’ve built this accordingly. No one else has access to your data and your VR World is not stored in a browser cache. When you close the browser, all data is gone.

When you use ProReal with a team, everyone can engage in creating the visual representation. This requires proper contracting with the group. See the host guidance.

Because no data is saved, you might consider taking screenshots to remind you of a key scene.

Some people notice increased ‘disinhibition’ – being more open than usual. This high level of openness can bring up unexpected emotional responses.

No. The software is designed to be a space for expression. There are no rules, assessment, winners or losers. There are ways to get the most out if it (see faq).

When you select the 'Use with a team' menu, see the host guidance videos.

Watch this space... we’re working on it. This version of ProReal you can access through PC and Mac computers via browsers: Edge, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.



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