Work-in-Progress-A 360 Virtual Reality Simulation to Prepare Social Work Students to Interact with Community Environments

Nicholas Lanzieri, Henry Samelson, Elizabeth McAlpin, David Shilane

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Abstract

Social work educators utilize theories to teach students about the correlations that exist between the environment and an individual's development. Students, however, do not apply these theoretical perspectives with consistency when interacting with people within their communities. Virtual reality (VR) can be a scaffolding tool used to address this disparity. This work-in-progress paper describes a 360 VR tool aimed at immersing students in a typical NYC neighborhood. Pre-and post-performance of students who engaged with the VR tool showed statistically significant learning gains and positive effects on VR use, value, and satisfaction with the experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2020
EditorsDaphne Economou, Alexander Klippel, Heather Dodds, Anasol Pena-Rios, Mark J. W. Lee, Dennis Beck, Johanna Pirker, Andreas Dengel, Tiago M. Peres, Jonathon Richter
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages271-274
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781734899504
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2020
Event6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Jun 21 2020Jun 25 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2020

Conference

Conference6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2020
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/21/206/25/20

Keywords

  • field education
  • situated learning theory
  • social work
  • virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Media Technology
  • Education

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