Distance-Educator.com carried a recent article about a study comparing the impact of traditional, VR and video based learning settings. The learning materials used the same text and 3D model for all conditions. Each participant was given a knowledge test before and after learning. Participants in the traditional and VR conditions had improved overall performance (i.e. learning, including knowledge acquisition and understanding) compared to those in the video condition. Participants in the VR condition also showed better performance for ‘remembering’ than those in the traditional and the video conditions. Emotion self-ratings before and after the learning phase showed an increase in positive emotions and a decrease in negative emotions for the VR condition.
Overall, VR displayed an improved learning experience when compared to traditional and video learning methods. The study on which the article was based was carried out by Devon Allcoat, Adrian von Mühlenen and is available via the ALT open access journal.