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A digital future in virtual reality - insights for training


Young, K and Dermoudy, J and Lewis, I and Yeom, S and de Salas, K, A digital future in virtual reality - insights for training, Proceedings of the 2020 Australasian Conference on Information Systems: Navigating Our Digital Future, 1-4 December 2020, Wellington, New Zealand, article 26, pp. 1-12. (2020) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Copyright 2020 Kym Young, Julian Dermoudy, Ian Lewis, Soonja Yeom, and Kristy de Salas. This is an open-access article licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 New Zealand, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and ACIS are credited.

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Virtual reality is now being used throughout various sectors. It is a tool which is being increasingly relied upon to support cost-effective and safe opportunities to build skills development. There has, however, been little research into whether a virtual environment provides the same effectiveness as a real-world environment.

For virtual reality to be an effective tool, we must better understand the impact of using it. To determine this, we investigate whether there is an additional cognitive load when operating in a virtual environment and we measure whether such a load impacts upon an individual’s performance.

Through the use of a ‘quadrant’ study in both real and virtual environments and with both the presence and absence of a secondary task, we identified that there is no significant cognitive load added when working within the virtual environment, and so the use of virtual reality can indeed be effective in terms of comparative performance with the real-world.

This research was conducted with approval of the Human Research Ethics Committee (Tasmania) Network; the reference number for the study is: H0018156.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:virtual reality, cognitive load, DRT, training
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Graphics, augmented reality and games
Research Field:Virtual and mixed reality
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Young, K (Ms Kym Young)
UTAS Author:Dermoudy, J (Dr Julian Dermoudy)
UTAS Author:Lewis, I (Dr Ian Lewis)
UTAS Author:Yeom, S (Dr Soonja Yeom)
UTAS Author:de Salas, K (Associate Professor Kristy de Salas)
ID Code:143132
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2021-03-01
Last Modified:2022-09-07
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