Implementing immersive virtual reality in higher education : a qualitative study of instructor attitudes and perspectives

Hamilton, David and McKechnie, Jim and Edgerton, Edward and Wilson, Claire (2021) Implementing immersive virtual reality in higher education : a qualitative study of instructor attitudes and perspectives. Innovative Practice in Higher Education, 4 (2).

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    Abstract

    The current study aimed to understand the attitudes and perceptions of higher education (HE) instructors who have previously used immersive virtual reality (IVR) in teaching. This study employed a qualitative design by conducting semistructured interviews with HE instructors from several disciplines and institutions. Using thematic analysis, five major themes were formulated. These included: (a) applications and benefits; (b) curriculum integration; (c) classroom logistics; (d) barriers to application; and (e) evaluation. Instructors were generally positive about using I-VR as a pedagogical tool, proposing a range of novel applications and uses. However, logistical and technical problems were prominent which made implementation and widescale adoption challenging. The implications of these prominent attitudes are discussed, alongside a range of practical recommendations for applied future practice

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    Hamilton, David, McKechnie, Jim, Edgerton, Edward and Wilson, Claire ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1054-4928;