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Tuesday, May 12 • 11:35am - 12:05pm
Increasing Field Experience Access with Virtual Reality

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Field trips are valuable experiential learning opportunities for students in natural sciences. They reinforce key concepts and, more importantly, generate enthusiasm for students to further explore these disciplines (Boyle et al., 2007). Unfortunately, access to field experiences can be limited by many barriers, such as mobility issues, financial constraints and time limitations. Virtual reality (VR) technologies provide a means to increase access by allowing students to participate in ways that are not otherwise possible. Adopting these technologies requires that faculty and institutions make significant time and money commitments. Additionally, although there is an increasing amount of research that shows the cognitive benefits of VR and other technology-enable field trips (e.g. Bursztn et al., 2015; Ibanez and Delgado-Kloos, 2018), there has been no work looking at the impact different types of VR have on affective learning benefits (e.g. interest, motivation, etc.). This presentation will address both of these issues by: 1) outlining a framework to help guide decision-making for any faculty interested in using VR; and 2) comparing evidence of affective learning gains of VR field trips to traditional field trips. Demographic analysis of these data suggest that certain minority groups benefit more from the increased access that VR field trips provide compared to traditional field trips.


Derek Turner

Douglas College

Tuesday May 12, 2020 11:35am - 12:05pm
Salon D
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