Something struck me during this year’s Virtual Reality Working Out Loud Week. Billed as an event for “anyone who is working with or experimenting with virtual reality, whether that be at home, at school or at work”, this was the second time I had run it. Again I was keen for our peers in L&D and other industries to share what they are doing with this emerging technology.
In this last installment of our series on VR we look at the work of Toronto game design professor Bill Kapralos, Ph.D. and other ongoing researchers in this space. The first is his work on total knee replacement arthroplasty (TKA) and the use of VR and gamification to reduce costs. His work here is cited with permission from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
How does a virtual space, either coded simulations or detailed images, affect our feelings? Can we emotionally immerse? Let us consider the arguments. Learning which creates feeling is said to operate in the affective domain. The affective domain is the part of learning where we have emotional responses to the material and this helps cement recall. Recall is strongly linked to emotions in behaviourist thinking.