The Benefits of Virtual Reality in Education- A comparision Study

University essay from Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik

Author: Mustafa Hussein; Carl Nätterdal; [2015-07-20]

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Abstract: In education, new technologies are used to improve theprocess of learning. Mobile has been one these technologiesofferings educators a way to communicate with the studentsby using suitable applications for learning. Virtual reality(VR) and its use in education has long been discussed, oneof the main challenges is that VR was unaffordable for educationalinstitutes. However VR has evolved since then, thetechnology is up to date, cheaper and more accessible thanit has ever been.This paper presents a qualitative study that examines thebenefits of VR educational applications in comparison tothe same application on the mobile. Xolius, an applicationfor astronomy learning is presented and evaluated by 20students and 5 educators through interviews. By analysingthe results we have found that VR is especially effective insubjects where an interactive environment is needed. VRalso offers an immersive experience, involvement and promotingactive learning in comparison to the mobile application.

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