Educational Uses of Virtual Reality Technology.
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The potential of VR technology tor supporting education is widely recognized. It has already seen practical use in an estimated 20 or more public schools and colleges, and many more have been involved in evaluation or research efforts. This document reviews current efforts that are developing, evaluating, or using VR technology in education. It builds a picture of the states of the art and practice, and reviews some of the critical questions that are being addressed. Educational uses of the technology are broadly distinguished as those where students interact with pre-developed VR applications and those where students develop their own virtual worlds in the course of researching, understanding, and demonstrating their grasp of some subject matter. Forty-three efforts in the category of pre-developed applications and another 21 efforts in the category of student virtual world development are reported in this paper. The results of 35 evaluations that have been completed on these efforts are summarized. Another 20 ongoing or planned evaluations are identified.
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