VR more engaging than video and textbooks when it comes to the classroom

December 13, 2018 by Alice Scott, University of Warwick
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Virtual reality (VR) is the most engaging and emotionally positive learning method in comparison to textbook learning and video. VR shows great potential to supplement or replace traditional learning methods and create new experiences according to researchers at the University of Warwick.

VR headsets are the most stimulating form of learning method according to researchers at the University of Warwick. It was closely followed by textbook learning, then .

Three groups of students were assigned to three different types of learning: fully immersive VR environment, traditional textbook-style materials, or 2-D video of the VR environment. They all learnt about the same subject (biology), and had their learning, emotional response, and learning experience measured.

Researchers found that were rated higher for the group who experienced the VR learning method, followed by textbook, then video learning. VR students also performed better than students learning with video, showing that the active interaction with the VR environment helped improve learning.

Multiple students reported video learning as 'basic' and 'boring' where as VR was described as 'engaging' and 'made learning more exciting."

This study shows that VR can replicate or complement traditional learning methods inside and outside a . Such VR environments can also allow for learning that cannot be replicated in reality, or would be too costly to be accessible.

Devon Allcoat, a Ph.D. student from the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick comments:

"This study showed that VR could transform classroom teaching, as you could use VR to go for a walk with dinosaurs and increase engagement in the classroom and give pupils a more positive learning experience."

The paper "Learning in : Effects on performance, emotion and engagement" has been published in the Research in Learning Technology Journal.

Explore further: Flipped classroom enhances learning outcomes in medical certificate education

More information: Devon Allcoat et al. Learning in virtual reality: Effects on performance, emotion and engagement, Research in Learning Technology (2018). DOI: 10.25304/rlt.v26.2140

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julianpenrod
not rated yet Dec 13, 2018
Among other things, how will the method of conventionally using virtual reality teach about the Taylor Expansion of functions? It's basically just a big movie. Someone with a good imagination can experience text and video more than virtual reality. This can be said to be threatening the development of imagination.
Pretty much the same kind of effusive praise heaped on every "academic" failure, such as "teach yourself", videos in the classroom, grade yourself, work in groups, computers in the classroom. After those and many, many more frauds, the U.S. is still dropping in academic scores worldwide.

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