It's all about absorption: Learning by teaching in immersive virtual reality

Chiquet, S.; Martarelli, Corinna; Weibel, D.; Mast, Fred W. (9 September 2019). It's all about absorption: Learning by teaching in immersive virtual reality (Unpublished). In: 16th Congress of the Swiss Psychological Society. University of Bern. 9. - 11. September 2019.

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Immersive virtual reality (IVR) is a methodological enrichment offering innovations and promising applications in education and training. However, there is little empirical evidence of its educational value. Since previous research indicates that learning by teaching is an effective way to improve learning, we investigated the educational outcome of teaching an avatar in IVR and compared it to a less immersive desktop setting and a control condition (writing a summary). Besides the learning outcome, presence and immersive tendency were assessed. We found that teaching an avatar in IVR enhanced learning outcome, but only when the personality trait absorption was high. Moreover, participants in IVR reported higher presence but presence scores did not influence the learning outcome. The findings highlight the crucial role of tendency of absorption by media content. IVR is beneficial, but not per se; a IVR setting may be suitable for one person, but not for another.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology

UniBE Contributor:

Chiquet, Sandra, Weibel, David, Mast, Fred


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology


[UNSPECIFIED] Swiss Distance University Institute




Sandra Chiquet

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03 Apr 2020 16:02

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05 Dec 2022 15:38




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