Interactive Learning Environments

Exploring pedagogical foundations of existing virtual reality (VR) educational applications: A content analysis study

The value of virtual reality (VR) is clear as related to learning difficult, tedious, or dangerous tasks (Janssen, Tummel, Richert, & Isenhardt, 2016).  VR educational experiences could provide an interactive learning opportunity that allows learning in an explorative, practice-based, and visually rich environment that allows for more engagement, accelerated learning learning, increased learner attention, lowers overall educational costs, can support challenged learners, works well to bypass language literacy and improves retention.

Exploring pedagogical foundations of existing virtual reality (VR) educational applications: A content analysis study

Abstract: New virtual reality (VR) applications for education appear frequently but rarely contain explicit pedagogies.  Educational leaders need the pedagogies to support teaching and learning strategies and optimize student learning.  A theoretical model (Kebritchi & Hirumi, 2008) aided in analyzing visual and text based content and distinguishing unstated pedagogies in VR applications.  The research question was: What principles and practices of pedagogy are evident but not articulated in selected VR applications for education?  A total of 35 VR applications met the selection criteri

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