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Leveraging Immersive Technologies to Support Blended Learning Post Covid-19

Version 1 : Received: 9 March 2022 / Approved: 17 March 2022 / Online: 17 March 2022 (11:05:27 CET)

How to cite: Colreavy-Donnelly, S.; Ryan, A.; O'Connor, S.; Caraffini, F.; Kuhn, S.; Hasshu, S. Leveraging Immersive Technologies to Support Blended Learning Post Covid-19. Preprints 2022, 2022030252 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202203.0252.v1). Colreavy-Donnelly, S.; Ryan, A.; O'Connor, S.; Caraffini, F.; Kuhn, S.; Hasshu, S. Leveraging Immersive Technologies to Support Blended Learning Post Covid-19. Preprints 2022, 2022030252 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202203.0252.v1).

Abstract

The Covid-19 pandemic caused a shift in teaching practice towards blended learning for many Higher Education institutions. This led to the rapid adoption of certain digital technologies within existing teaching structures as a means to meet student access needs and facilitate learning. Integration of these technologies caused numerous challenges for practitioners and often provided mixed results. This paper is an attempt to summarise and extend pre-Covid pedagogical research to leverage digital immersive technologies for blended teaching in the post-pandemic era. Focus is given towards the evolution of Virtual Learning Environments through elements of immersive audio-visual technologies, which are shown to be effective when coupled in a blended approach. It is both a review of these methodologies and a case study of the I-Ulysses: Virtual Learning Environment as a point of comparison for evaluating the review.

Supplementary and Associated Material

https://archive.org/details/osf-registrations-9qcxw-v1: Other Virtual Reality application domains

Keywords

Audio-Visual Technologies; Blended Learning; Pedagogy; Virtual Learning Environments; Virtual Reality

Subject

MATHEMATICS & COMPUTER SCIENCE, Other

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