Teaching in the Metaverse: Systematic Review of Virtual Reality Solutions for Higher Education (73980)

Session Information: Design, Implementation & Assessment of Innovative Technologies in Education
Session Chair: Pedro Alves

Saturday, 25 November 2023 12:20
Session: Session 2
Room: Room C (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Scientific literature has shown how the evolution and spread of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has impacted the world of education in terms of approaches, methods and tools, creating a constant renewal of teaching and learning processes. In this transformation context, the use of virtual reality (VR) in education has become increasingly popular, and many researchers have started to develop and analyze VR-based solutions for higher education, also in metaverse environments, by comparing VR-based teaching methods with traditional ones. However, limited research has offered an overview of these comparative studies yet, leaving a wider analysis on the possible fields of applications and learning outcomes of VR still unexplored. The aim of this systematic literature review (SLR) is to deepen the understanding of VR and metaverse’s potential benefits and limits in higher education. Based on the analysis of the results of the considered papers, selected on the basis of inclusion/exclusion criteria, this review aims to identify the disciplinary fields in which VR technologies have been most widely used so far, and to determine which teaching methodologies are best suited to support learning in virtual environments, so as so the potentials and limits of VR to enable inclusive education for people with special education needs. The results will contribute to an increased knowledge on how VR technologies are being applied in education and their degree of inclusivity.

Tommaso Santilli, University of Macerata, Italy
Catia Giaconi, University of Macerata, Italy
Silvia Ceccacci, University of Macerata, Italy
Ilaria D'Angelo, University of Macerata, Italy
Noemi Del Bianco, University of Macerata, Italy

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Tommaso Santilli is a University Doctoral Student at University of Macerata in Italy

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00