ERIC Number: ED429323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
2010 and Beyond: Virtual Reality and the Communication Classroom.
Siddens, Paul J., III
The use of virtual reality technology in the Communication discipline is a challenge that educators in the field should investigate thoroughly and begin to embrace as they move into the 21st century. Classrooms with access to the Internet allow students to move outside the physical boundaries of the classroom and suggest a significant change in how classrooms will be designed and used in the future. Three specific directions that classrooms and teaching might move as technology asserts itself more and more into education are: (1) a permutation of the current historical model of classrooms and teaching; (2) distance education; and (3) self-directed learning using virtual reality. Serious attention has been brought to using virtual reality as a teaching tool in formal educational settings only in the 1990s. Virtual reality is currently being used and explored in educational settings. The next 10 years should see continued activity and the creation of more alliances to design and develop virtual reality programs for use in education. The future of virtual reality in education might include Individual Virtual Environment Pods in which students interact physically and vocally with people and experiences based on specific pedagogic goals. Teachers in such a future would create electronic and computerized modules and act as consultants, assisting students on an individual basis. Contains 12 references. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Meeting of the Central States Communication Association and the Southern States Communication Association (St. Louis, MO, April 7-11, 1999).