Using Virtual Reality to Foster Higher Education Outcomes

ID: 53751 Type: Virtual Paper
  1. Imonitie Atamenwan and Scott Warren, University of North Texas, United States

Abstract: Virtual reality (VR) has several characteristics that include immersion and interaction. These two qualities are critical in teaching various subjects. Immersion is important in engaging students within the learning environment. Teaching is usually more effective when the students are immersed in what they are learning. Several researchers have applauded the usefulness of social interaction in learning and cognition. VR can introduce another dimension of social interaction to higher education learning experiences. Because of its usefulness in the education, VR has been applied to teaching and learning. Additional research is needed to properly use this technology for education and address any problems that may be associated with it. A constructivist model argues that students take an active responsibility of their learning. Hence, constructivism will be employed as the theoretical framework for this research on VR.

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