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Learning in virtual reality may be just as good, and way more fun

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Students learn just as well in virtual reality (VR) as they do in computer-based or hands-on learning activities, according to international research, which found that using VR headset technology to teach students was no better, but also no worse, than the more traditional methods. The study found that students widely favoured VR learning, even though it did not improve learning outcomes over the other forms. The team also found that males had far better learning outcomes using the VR headset than females, but males also reported having significantly more video game experience overall, which may be the real reason they performed better.

Journal/conference: PLOS ONE

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0229788

Organisation/s: Cornell University, USA

Funder: ASW received funding for this project from Oculus Education (https://www.oculus.com) as part of their program to support research using virtual reality in education. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

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