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ERIC Number: EJ1131323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1792-8788
Introduction to Virtual Reality in Education
Dede, Chris
Themes in Science and Technology Education, v2 n1-2 p7-9 2009
As an emerging technology for learning, virtual reality (VR) dates back four decades, to early work by Ivan Sutherland in the late 1960s. At long last, interactive media are emerging that offer the promise of VR in everyday settings. Quasi-VR already is commonplace in 2-1/2-D virtual environments like Second Life and in massively multiplayer online role-playing games (e.g., World of Warcraft). Realizing the potential of VR for education, however, is much more complex than simply making its interface practical and affordable. Learning applications are not like fire, a wonderful technology that provides a benefit from merely standing in its vicinity. In education, technologies achieve their power indirectly, as catalysts for deeper content, more engaging activities, more active forms of learning and instruction, and richer types of assessment.
Themes in Science and Technology Education. The Educational Approaches to Virtual Reality Technologies Laboratory, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, GR 45110, Greece. Tel: +30-2651005697; Fax: +30-2651005854; Web site:
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Language: English
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