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Investigating the role of virtual reality in geography via Google Expeditions

Tilling, Steve; Tudor, Ana-Despina; Kitchen, Becky and Minocha, Shailey (2017). Investigating the role of virtual reality in geography via Google Expeditions. In: Geographical Association Annual Conference 2017, 20-22 April 2017, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

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Abstract

This workshop-session explored the use of Google Expeditions (GEs), virtual reality-based field trips, to support and encourage outdoor fieldwork and facilitate visualisation of processes and locations. Participants had the opportunity to trial GEs and were invited to discuss and evaluate the outcomes (particularly the educator’s perspective) of a project investigating the role of virtual reality in geography education.

We first showed several Expeditions to the educators, such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo or Borneo Rainforest: Plant Adaptations. We then invited participants to share their experience on teaching geography with a focus on inquiry-based learning.

We asked educators to discuss:

a) their inquiry-based learning (IBL) practices in geography lessons and how they would use virtual reality for IBL in lessons;

b) discuss their IBL practices before, during and after a field trip and how they would use virtual reality to practice IBL for fieldwork.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Virtual Reality Research Award: Pedagogical and usability evaluations of Google ExpeditionsNot SetThe Open University (OU) and Google
Keywords: 3D virtual environments; 3D virtual worlds; Google Expeditions; mobile virtual reality; technology-enabled learning; virtual field trips; VFTs; virtual reality
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
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Item ID: 42340
Depositing User: Shailey Minocha
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 12:12
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 15:46
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/42340
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