Penn State prototype brings virtual reality to distance education
According to Campus Technology, a study comparing distance learners who completed a performance task using the virtual reality system with those using a computer program showed faster outcomes in the first group, presumably because the virtual reality experience is more natural to complete.
The new technology provides great potential for online courses, though their draw is often based on their accessibility. Needing to distribute virtual reality technology to distance learners or expecting them to purchase it for online courses would significantly limit the reach of these programs based on financial considerations. Virtual reality technology with online courses, however, could be a new normal in some distant future.