Biology Faculty Articles
Immersive Learning and Participatory Engagement: Connecting in the Online Classroom Through Virtual Reality
International Journal of Distance Education Technologies
Health Professions Student Learning and Engagement, Immersive Learning, Virtual Classroom
Guided by constructivist theory, this study examines health professions student learning and engagement in the virtual classroom (VC) setting. Students (N=52) participated in a one-week VC prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic. After participation, students were surveyed to discern their impressions of the experience, including the administration of a presence questionnaire, a key indicator of virtual environment (VE) efficacy. High student presence scores were significantly correlated with the perception that the VC facilitated learning (r = .573, p = .001). Conversely, students who perceived the course content as challenging were less likely to recommend the VC as a viable alternative learning platform. Furthermore, in terms of presence, undergraduate and graduate students were not significantly different. In summary, health professions students view immersive technologies favorably and may benefit from using such platforms as alternative or supplemental learning tools regardless of their academic level.
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Cavanaugh, Gesulla; Helen M. Condry; Clarissa Frances Afable; Melissa Morris; Santanu De; Holly Evans Madison; Jacqueline Marshall; Chitra Paul Victor; and Marsha Weiner. 2023. "Immersive Learning and Participatory Engagement: Connecting in the Online Classroom Through Virtual Reality." International Journal of Distance Education Technologies 21, (1): 1-19. doi:10.4018/IJDET.317364.
This research was supported by the NSU Health Profession Division Grant [grant number 334510].