Using Virtual Reality to Improve Students’ Technical Skills (72607)

Session Information: Educational Research, Development & Publishing
Session Chair: Elisha Markus

Friday, 22 September 2023 16:25
Session: Session 4
Room: Gotic
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

Virtual reality represents unique instructional media, affording educators opportunities to create, customize and scale authentic, student-centered and interactive learning experiences.

Research objectives: The aim of our study was to gain insights into v-learning from the perspective of teachers and students. Our paper sets out discursive issues surrounding student performance in welding skills. and opinions of participants - students and teachers - regarding pros and cons of VR.

Research methodology: Our research followed a mixed method strategy combining qualitative approaches to data collection and the ensuing discussions. We used following methods: student essay analysis) and semi-structured interviews with teachers/trainers of the VR program.

Research participants: 20 mature aged students-future teachers of technical subjects, aged 22-32, enrolled in the course Welding Skills Training.

Research outcomes and conclusions: The pros and cons expressed in student essays: feeling like being in a real classroom and with real students, enjoyment, new experience, emotions, enthusiasm, fun, loss of fear, but fatigue and discomfort working with 3D glasses and loss of concentration after certain time.

Opinions expressed in interviews by teachers regarded these factors: Plus - high motivation, visible progress, more confidence, better performance of students, Minus - cost of equipment, need to divide the students into small groups, need of technical support.

Conclusions: Our study confirmed VR had the ability to engage pre-service teachers to train welding skills as VR learning environment tended to provide an effective supporter of traditional education. It was more likely to lead to certain benefits such as increased motivation of learners.

David Vaněček, Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU), Czech Republic

About the Presenter(s)
Professor David Vaněček is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) in Czech Republic

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00