Wednesday, January 29

How Virtual Reality is Being Used in Curriculum to Develop Empathy


By Fatma Katr

In a fast-paced world where rising human relation issues are often misrepresented or misinterpreted, higher education institutions are moving forward to diversify teaching methods when introducing these issues. One of those methods involves the use of virtual reality (VR) to evoke emotion and empathy among students. 

Like any learning technology, VR can be integrated in university curriculums in useful ways, in the sense that it is able to tap into student emotions and their concepts of certain issues, to challenge stereotypes and bias. Despite the scarcity of studies on the use of VR in classrooms, evidence examined so far suggests that VR is a powerful tool for provoking empathy and self-efficacy, according to an article by The Hechinger Report.

This article will delve into the true experience of VR and its impacts on provoking empathy among students:

  • Why empathy needs to be taught more in schools.
  • The process of using VR to provoke empathy.
  • The challenges that may rise out of such experience.
  • Pathways to a successful VR experience.
  • What teachers using VR need to know to enhance the experience for their students.

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