302 What Learning Theories Teach Us About Learning in VR

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Wednesday, July 26


Virtual reality is no longer just an expensive curiosity, but a real option for many trainers and educators. Like many new media, it runs the risk of being used badly. Strategies and methods from earlier media are not necessarily suited to new media. If you apply classroom methods to VR, what will you miss? If you apply video strategies to VR, what will you get wrong?

In this session, you will learn initial ideas and frameworks for how to use virtual reality for learning. Specifically, you’ll review how virtual reality provides affordances for addressing cognitive load theory’s three types of load. You will review what multimedia learning theory says about using graphics and audio, and how these lessons can be applied to VR. You’ll also review situated learning and experiential learning. Throughout this session, key findings from the worldwide network of VR labs will be applied to inform discussion. You will develop an overall framework for looking at when, and how, virtual reality training works.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About the Proteus effect
  • About situated learning in VR
  • About creating presence in VR
  • Frameworks for thinking about learning in VR
  • About differences between expert and novice learning in VR
  • About limits to learning in VR

Intermediate to advanced designers, project managers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, gaming engines (including Unity), and WebVR.

Hugh Seaton


Aquinas Learning

Hugh Seaton is the CEO of Aquinas Learning. He has a vision for learning: an always on, always with you AI learning coach that connects LMS, third party content, and conversational coaching together into a seamless experience. Virtual and augmented reality will be key to this, as are different flavors of artificial intelligence. After a global career in technology marketing, Hugh has spent six years pursuing this vision of the AI learning coach, with Aquinas Learning the result.

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