Virtual reality in education

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Virtual Reality is implemented by a combination of technologies that are used in order to visualize and provide interaction with a virtual environment. These environments often depict three-dimensional space which may be realistic or imaginary, macroscopic or microscopic and based on realistic physical laws of dynamics, or on imaginary dynamics. The multitude of scenarios that VR may be used to depict make it broadly applicable to the many areas in education. A key feature of VR is that it allows multi-sensory interaction with the space being visualized. Here we look at how this combination of multi-sensory visualization and interactivity make VR ideally suited for effective learning and try to explain this effectiveness in terms of the advantages afforded by active learning through experiences. We also consider some of the applications of VR in education and also some of its drawbacks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAffective, Interactive and Cognitive Methods for E-Learning Design
Subtitle of host publicationCreating an Optimal Education Experience
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781605669403
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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