Virtual reality in education

Minocha, Shailey and Tudor, Ana-Despina (2017). Virtual reality in education. In: Learning Design and Technology Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group, 20 Sep 2017, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK.


In this workshop-presentation, we described the evolution of virtual reality technologies and our research from 3D virtual worlds, 3D virtual environments built in gaming environments such as Unity 3D, 360-degree videos, and mobile virtual reality via Google Expeditions. For each of these four technologies, we discussed the affordances of the technologies and how they contribute towards learning and teaching. We outlined the significance of students being aware of the different virtual reality technologies for employability as organisations are increasingly integrating virtual reality technologies in marketing, training and skills development, and in design of products and services. Finally, we discussed the future of virtual reality in education and the role that an educator plays in optimal integration of virtual reality in the curriculum for student engagement and attainment.

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