How Will VR Enter University Classrooms? Multi-stakeholders Investigation of VR in Higher Education

Qiao Jin, Yu Liu, Svetlana Yarosh, Bo Han, Feng Qian

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Abstract

VR has received increased attention as an educational tool and many argue it is destined to influence educational practices, especially with the emergence of the Metaverse. Most prior research on educational VR reports on applications or systems designed for specified educational or training objectives. However, it is also crucial to understand current practices and attitudes across disciplines, having a holistic view to extend the body of knowledge in terms of VR adoption in an authentic setting. Taking a higher-level perception of people in different roles, we conducted a qualitative analysis based on 23 interviews with major stakeholders and a series of participatory design workshops with instructors and students. We identified the stakeholders who need to be considered for using VR in higher education, and highlighted the challenges and opportunities critical for VR current and potential practices in the university classroom. Finally, we discussed the design implications based on our findings. This study contributes a detailed description of current perceptions and considerations from a multi-stakeholder perspective, providing new empirical insights for designing novel VR and HCI technologies in higher education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450391573
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 29 2022
Event2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2022 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Apr 30 2022May 5 2022

Publication series

NameCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Conference

Conference2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period4/30/225/5/22

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank our participants for volunteering their time and insights. We thank our colleagues Stevie Chancellor, Matthew Zent, and our anonymous reviewers for their thoughtful feedback and suggestions on improving this work. This research is in part supported by NSF CNS-2106090, CNS-2128489, CNS-1915122.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 ACM.

Keywords

  • Virtual Reality
  • collaboration
  • educational VR
  • higher education
  • multi-stakeholder
  • social VR

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