Learning and VR

Since yesterday’s post I have been trying to imagine in my head how I would build a software tool/experience for learning the periodic table of the elements in virtual reality. It’s not so much that I want that particular tool, but rather I am trying to figure out whether it would confer unique advantages to the learning process.

It would be wonderful if it should turn out that a well designed learning tool in immersive VR is fundamentally better than what we have had until now. I am thinking that this particular learning task is right on the border between sufficiently challenging and sufficiently contained that we could do proper controlled experiments to figure out how well it works.

In a future post I might come back with some ideas about what such a learning experience would be like, and how we might instrument it so that we can properly assess its effectiveness relative to other approaches.

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