What is Immersive Learning Theory?
Immersive learning is "the subjective impression that one is participating in a comprehensive, realistic experience" (Dede, 2009, p. 66). Thanks to the growth of VR and AR technologies, immersive learning has become one of the more intriguing and re-energized forms of training in the corporate and academic industries. While accessibility to these learning solutions has increased, the proper contexts under when they should be applied, as well as its efficacy over more traditional methods, remains mixed, with further research across all learning industries needed (Lu, Hallinger, & Showanasai, 2014, p. 219). This is because these technologies have only existed for a short period of time. However, creating simulated environments and immersing learners in an experience has been a practice in learning for decades. By examining traditional immersive learning theory and applications, we can create more effective learning solutions for the 21st century learner. Immersive Learning Theory is also referred to as Experiential Learning Theory.
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As part of a research assignment for a class in my ILT Masters degree, I worked with two other students to produce a presentation on immersive learning theory. We covered the history of the theory including it’s similarities to experiential learning theory, provided some current best practices and use cases of the theory in action with examples like a school bus taking a field trip to Mars, and we provided some resources for the academic to allow them to pursue future investigation.
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This was my first experience using Google Sites, and it was very easy to master thanks to it’s basic features and functions. I can see myself using this medium for other classes and future presentations for something that needs reporting about online, with links, and there’s no desire to pay for a website or create an eLearning module or basic PowerPoint deck.