This world first study is unique in the international context due to its longitudinal approach to investigating the efficacy of 360 VR for deeper learning in schools across STEM subjects, and in genuinely involving teachers as co-researchers to build this evidence base.
This exciting VR research project puts in the hands of students a new way to demonstrate their learning and enables them to create educational content for other students. This student created content can then be shared within their school and across schools. This research investigates a 360° virtual reality, no code content authoring platform in authentic classroom settings, to create new knowledge about the impact of VR of student learning, pedagogies that promote the best student outcomes using VR, and where in the curriculum the learning affordances of VR are most evident.
In this collaborative research, the AISSA is partnering with nationally and internationally recognized expert Associate Professor Erica Southgate, University of Newcastle, and VRTY, an innovative VR company specializing in educational software that is designed for student agency and creativity. Teachers from Trinity College, Pembroke School and SEDA College SA are co-researchers in this project.
An increasing number of schools are investing in VR technology and there is limited evidence of how teachers can use this technology to accelerate student learning and what the learning outcomes are in primary and secondary contexts. The aim of this research is to provide educators with evidence that can be used to inform the use of VR in their classrooms.