Lessons learned from a project examining the learning outcomes and experiences in 360o videos

Emmanuel Fokides, Penelope Atsikpasi, Paraskevi Anna Arvaniti


Advances in technologies associated with virtual reality provide interesting tools for e-learning. One such is 360° videos. Although their educational potential is supported by a number of researchers, there is limited empirical evidence backing such a claim, given that they have recently become popular. The study at hand presents the results of a project in which 360° videos were used by primary school students. Eighty-four students, aged ten to eleven, participated in the experiment. The results demonstrated that 360° videos helped them to acquire more knowledge compared to printed material. Then again, no statistically significant differences were noted when comparing 360° and regular videos. 360° videos provided a more immersive, motivational, and enjoyable learning experience. However, the low-cost HMDs used for viewing 360° videos and the applications in which they were embedded, were considered the least easy to use. Moreover, participants expressed the view that all tools fostered their learning. Overall, while the results give support to the hypothesis that 360o videos provide positive educational experiences, their actual impact on learning has to be further explored.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.51383/jesma.2021.8