I am incredibly excited to see where VR/…

I am incredibly excited to see where VR/AR and MR technologies take us in education. Apart from its natural appeal to digital natives, these technologies can simulate not only the everyday world but also hypothetical environments such as the subatomic scale. For someone like me in Science education, this is a remarkable opportunity. There has never been a chance before this for a student to experience and manipulate the inner-workings of an atom or reactions between molecules in a way that makes them feel a part of that environment. This kind of embodiment has been suggested to play an important role in learning and as such, embodied cognition is a term often associated with VR in education (see https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/PRES_a_00263). This year, I hope to evaluate whether this takes place first hand as I undertake a project that will investigate student experiences using VR for learning in Chemistry and Biology courses. Where the technology was once bulky and expensive we are seeing more and more affordable options entering the market and I look forward to seeing the many uses that this technology could find in education. These might include virtual field trips to remote locations such as the Antarctic or planets that have not yet been explored to simulating dangerous laboratory reactions that would otherwise be impossible to attempt.