Do you ever get the feeling that video training won’t cut it?

The study „Learning in virtual reality: Effects on performance, emotion and engagement” carried out by Allcoat and von Mühlenen shows the advantages of virtual reality in learning situations. For this study, 99 participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups. Each group learned under a different learning condition: textbook, video or Virtual Reality (VR).

The goal of learning about a 3D model of a plant cell was initially assessed in a pre-test and the participants were given 7 minutes to learn with the given learning condition. The participants who were trained by video, got the worst results out of the three groups. Results from the group who studied with VR were similar to those who studied using textbook excerpts, yet there was one major difference: Participants learning with VR turned out to be far more interested in the subject and engagement was much higher.

So learning performance with VR and textbooks is relatively equal, yet VR is superior in terms of learning experience and engagement. Video trainings simply can not compete.

Find the full paper by Allcoat and von Mühlenen „Learning in virtual reality: Effects on performance, emotion and engagement“ here Research in Learning Technology.