The meeting on Virtual Reality and Learning at the OU was presented by David Vince, Lawrence Kizilkaya and Jamie Daniels, Learning Innovation Team. There were around 12 attendees. The group was split with half watching a demonstration by the Learning Innovation Team of their toolkit to support the design of educational VR.
Learning in the 21st century has been undergoing both subtle and radical transformation as a result of the impact of digital, networked technologies. Under these conditions, open learning can support learners across the globe by providing unprecedented access to information and education. However, it is not the technologies themselves that represent the most significant changes, but rather the opportunities for openness that flow from their thoughtful application through the availability of and access to formal and informal learning. Yet without supporting research to drive the direction of these opportunities, issues related to exclusion and fair access may negatively impact such educational changes.