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VR as Library Technology: Early Faculty and Student feedback on Educational Use of Immersive Technology


McClendon, VJ and Riggall, J, VR as Library Technology: Early Faculty and Student feedback on Educational Use of Immersive Technology, Educational Media and Technology Yearbook, Springer, Cham, RM Branch, H Lee and SS Tseng (ed), Switzerland, pp. 129-142. ISBN 978-3-030-27985-1 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-27986-8_12


In developing a Virtual Reality (VR) project, the library creates a democratic home for a teaching and lab space for a visiting Fulbright scholar to build energy and community around this new immersive technology. Following three academic quarters of VR teaching, workshops, community outreach and awareness building, interviews of volunteer faculty and student participants provides valuable feedback on their reflection as to the potential of Virtual Reality experiences to scaffold and supplement student learning and their value of the positioning of such technology within the library as a central location. Faculty (N = 5) each provide unique lenses on the importance of the immersive technology within their areas of practice. In addition, two advanced students in the paired Communication Studies VR courses discussed their experiences. Advanced students explained after intensive use of VR software and final project development, the experience changed their thinking about education and future career opportunities. Additional pre-medicine students provided written reflective responses following a VR biology experience (N = 13). Future study is recommended to explore the library as a technology hub and further nuanced details of how immersive technology can expand and scaffold student learning outcomes across a variety of subject areas.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Virtual Reality, Libraries, Learning, Technology
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Riggall, J (Mr James Riggall)
ID Code:137303
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2020-02-08
Last Modified:2020-04-08
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