Virtual reality in Education. Broken promises or new hope?

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McGee, Brodie and Jacka, Lisa. 2021. "Virtual reality in Education. Broken promises or new hope?" Gregory, Sue, Warburton, Steve and Schier, Mark (ed.) 38th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education: Back to the Future (ASCILITE 2021). Armidale, Australia 29 Nov - 01 Dec 2020 Armidale, Australia.
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Virtual reality in Education. Broken promises or new hope?

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsMcGee, Brodie (Author) and Jacka, Lisa (Author)
EditorsGregory, Sue, Warburton, Steve and Schier, Mark
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 38th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2021)
ERA Conference ID42391
Number of Pages7
Year2021
Place of PublicationArmidale, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://2021conference.ascilite.org/
Conference/Event38th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education: Back to the Future (ASCILITE 2021)
Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
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38th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education: Back to the Future (ASCILITE 2021)
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Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
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29 Nov 2020 to end of 01 Dec 2020
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Abstract

Virtual reality in one form or another has been around for over 50 years, most notably in entertainment and business environments. Technology-focused teachers have been leading the way with attempts at utilising and integrating virtual reality into K-12 and Higher Education. However, as quickly as technology changes so does the enthusiasm for the use in educational contexts. Much of this is due to the high-level cost (time and money) with no evidence-based educational return. In 2020 the global pandemic forced the education sector to innovate to provide authentic learning environments for students. The time is right for virtual reality to take centre stage. Over 171 million people worldwide currently use virtual reality, and the market in education is expected to grow by 42% over the next five years. This paper focuses on a range of virtual reality literature encompassing work across the spectrum of software and hardware, identifying where more educational implementation and research needs to be done and providing a perspective on future possibilities focusing on current affordances.

Keywordsvirtual reality; co-presence; teacher; learning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390405. Educational technology and computing
390303. Higher education
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Southern Queensland
School of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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