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Virtual Reality: An Integral Part of SDG4 (Sustainable Development Goal 4)

Alimi, Eyitayo (2016) Virtual Reality: An Integral Part of SDG4 (Sustainable Development Goal 4). In: 3rd International Conference On African Development Issues (CU-ICADI), May 9- May 11 2016, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

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This paper explains the role of Virtual Reality in ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and importance of ‘immersive technology’ to the teacher, the student and also how it aids inclusive teaching and learning. Virtual Reality (VR) sometimes called Virtual Environments (VE) is a new tool in education which helps students see and experience the outside world while in their class rooms. With the developments in web, mobile and Virtual Reality technologies as well as mass adoption of smart and mobile devices by the society, significant opportunities have emerged for e-learning applications. While helping them grasp what is being taught they also have the pleasure of being in two worlds or places at the same time. Apart from being an interesting educational experience, it also saves the educational institution the logistics involved of embarking on an excursion. While what is read in a textbook can be easily forgotten, the same cannot be said for Virtual Reality – it’s hard to forget what is experienced in the virtual world. While a picture is worth a thousand words, in the virtual world you will not only be seeing and hearing, but will also be ‘feeling’ as if you are actually present there. Such an experience can be hard to forget. Many teachers understand how effective Virtual Reality as an educational tool can be, and are supporting its increased use from elementary schools thru institutions of higher learning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: SDGs, MDGs, Virtual reality, Education
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Ugwunwa Esse
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2016 15:46
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2016 15:46

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