Virtual Immersive Teaching and Learning: How Immersive Technology is Shaping the Way Students Learn
Abstract: The use of immersive technology enables high-fidelity simulation at a fraction of the cost of traditional educational simulation. The Virtual Immersive Teaching and Learning initiative provides access to virtual, augmented, and mixed reality simulation for students and faculty across the pedagogical spectrum. Simulation is a proven tool for transforming novice to expert, however traditional simulation modalities are prohibitively expensive for many educational institutions. Immersive simulation provides affordable alternatives for simulation applications ranging from clinical medical scenarios to visualization of astronomical phenomena. Early studies indicate the use of immersive simulation resulted in increased student skills, knowledge, and motivation to learn, however more research is needed to assess the rapidly evolving field of immersive technology. The Virtual Immersive Teaching and Learning initiative contributed to this growing body of research through studies comparing traditional educational simulation modalities with immersive simulation alternatives delivered via newly available hardware. This brief paper presents early findings that resulted from research collaborations between multiple educational institutions and industry partners, including San Diego State University, Sonoma State University, Texas Tech University, Microsoft, and Pearson.
Presider: Eunice Luyegu, Nova Southeastern University