Virtual reality to enhance and connect learning
Stephen Roulston and Sammy Taggart have been using Virtual Reality, augmented reality and 360 degree camera technology to develop micro-teaching and virtual fieldwork as a means of developing pedagogy across a range of subjects in Initial Teacher Education.
Working at the nexus of teaching, learning, research and impact and through collaborative work with colleagues in the Schools of Education at Queen’s University Belfast, Dublin City University and University College Dublin, they have been investigating how developments in virtual and augmented realities can be used to develop the skills of pre-service teachers.
Their pre-service teachers have co-authored reusable digital learning objects to support subject specific learning and teaching.
Work continues on embedding these technologies to ensure maximum impact in schools and in similar learning environments across the region.
It is planned that the capacity of virtual reality to enhance and connect learning across classrooms, schools and sectors in the spirit of creating shared learning experiences across Northern Ireland and, potentially, across the island of Ireland will become a focus of research led by Ulster University.
Findings have been disseminated widely through impact with pre-service teachers and at International Conferences seeking engagement for a range of external stakeholders and international collaborators.
If you would like to discuss this project contact Stephen or Sammy.