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ERIC Number: EJ1204488
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Mar
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2395
Designing for Interactivity, While Scaffolding Student Entry, within Immersive Virtual Reality Environments
O'Connor, Eileen A.; Worman, Terri
Journal of Educational Technology Systems, v47 n3 p292-317 Mar 2019
Since the advent of Second Life in 2004, immersive virtual-reality (VR) environments have been readily available to educators; more recent open-source environments have reduced costs significantly. This study reports on data gathered from an avatar-based immersive experience where teacher-education students gathered in VR spaces for synchronous meetings, learning how to maneuver within the environment, modify their avatars' appearances, and develop preliminary three-dimensional building perspectives. Student reports and instructor observations throughout the course and a final student self-evaluation provided insights into both the challenges experienced and effective practices within this immersive VR environment. Overall, students developed significant trust and camaraderie with their colleagues as they went through problem-solving experiences, finding that initial challenges often subsided with the help of course colleagues. Students enjoyed the experience and considered VR applications for their classrooms. The report concludes with general recommendations for the design of productive VR learning environments within many different settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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