Researcher Sees a Big Role for Virtual Reality in Distance EducationCRLF

Jeffrey R. Young, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Dec 21, 2001
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Chronicle discovers virtual reality. Oh ok, maybe not that bad, but that's how this interview comes off. And it sounds like Jaron Lanier - the scientist who (the article says) coined the term 'virtual reality' - sees VR as a tool for emulating the classroom over the internet, an astonishing lack of vision that can't really be what he meant. But he does say, "If I'm in a university environment, and I see a slacker kid falling asleep in the back row, I'll challenge them. And I think that that's absolutely essential. I'm really not comfortable losing that connection." But that's not the future of VR in education, is it? Tell me not.
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