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Towards a framework for implementation of virtual reality technologies in schools for autistic pupils

Newbutt, Nigel; Cobb, Sue

Authors

Nigel Newbutt Nigel.Newbutt@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Digital Education

Sue Cobb



Contributors

Penny Standen
Editor

Sue Cobb
Editor

David Brown
Editor

Pedro Gamito
Editor

Kofi Appiah
Editor

Abstract

Virtual reality and associated technologies offer unique potential for learning in special educational contexts. Research studies have demonstrated applications of collaborative VR for encouraging and enabling children with autism to communicate and collaborate with other people. Despite the enthusiasm of students and teachers for these applications, implementation of new technologies in schools is challenging and, often, when the support of the research team is no longer available, the technology remains unused. We reflect upon our experiences in two projects in which collaborative VR applications were developed specifically for use in the autism classroom in the UK. Both projects provide extension to a previous methodological framework for VR application in mainstream education (Crosier et al., 2002). We conclude that further development of the framework, including consideration of the wider organisational context, is needed to address issues related to limited uptake in schools.

Citation

Newbutt, N., & Cobb, S. (2018). Towards a framework for implementation of virtual reality technologies in schools for autistic pupils. In P. Standen, S. Cobb, D. Brown, P. Gamito, & K. Appiah (Eds.),

Conference Name 12th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies in Collaboration with Interactive Technologies and Games (ITAG)
Start Date Sep 4, 2018
End Date Sep 6, 2018
Acceptance Date Jul 4, 2018
Publication Date Sep 4, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 268-272
ISBN 9780704915480
Keywords autism, virtual reality technologies, schools, user design
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/861112
Publisher URL https://www.icdvrat.org/
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : 12th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies in Collaboration with Interactive Technologies and Games (ITAG)