Virtual Reality: The Future of Video-Based Learning? – A Critical Inquiry Research Log

Saturday, April 21

Complete and post Individual Blog Post – Specific Issue Exploration on my academic blog.

Original query: Has learner’s level of retention of information increased over the past 20 years through the use of digital video as a pedagogical tool? 

Sunday, April 22

Received feedback on original question from Dr. DeVries, in which the original question was too open ended and that there are “there are too many variables and methodological issues to support such a study” (I. DeVries, personal communication, October April 22, 2018).

Commenced re-review of modality and researched possible aspects of

Monday, April 23

Requested feedback on three new questions of research.

1) Could embedded course related discussion or forum-based communities help enhance a curated video library modality such as

2) As a standalone digital learning environment, does the curated video library modality offer enough variability to instil perceptual arousal and inquiry arousal as per John Keller’s ARCS Motivation Model?

3) Could virtual reality (video) be the step in video-based learning on a curated video library modality such as

Received feedback and recommended revised questions from Dr. DeVries based upon original three queries.

Question 1: What assumptions about independent learning are evident through the lack of discussion or forum-based tools in, and what alternatives could help support communities of learning and practice in video-based learning?

Question 2: As a standalone learning environment, is there a consistent instructional design approach or pattern in a selection of videos (e.g. ARCS or others)? If so, what are its features and if not, what could be improved in this regard?

Question 3: What are the promises and critiques of VR in learning and education, how how does that technology compare with the current state of video-based learning?

Tuesday, April 24

Selected Question 3 and commenced my research and writing.

Writers block! I was not too clear on the format of the Assignment 1 | Critical Inquiry Part 1 – Individual Learning Plan (Individual).

Wednesday, April 25

Writers block continues. Therefore, I focused my efforts into research. Acquired a formidable list of supporting academic documents as well as online articles and blogs. 

Eventually I requested further clarification on the format of this Individual Learning Plan. Dr. DeVries response is located on the associated Moodle course.

Researched References:

I have categorized articles into level one (solid academic foundation of topical research), level two (incorporates subject material within different contexts), and blogs. I have also used a colour coding system of blue () for video-based learning and orange () for virtual reality technology (unable to view here).

Level One:

Hannah Vickers. (2017). Virtual reality: potential pitfalls and how to avoid them | Education Technology. Retrieved April 26, 2018, from

 Sánchez, J., Lumbreras, M., & Silva, J. P. (2001). Virtual Reality and Learning : Trends and Issues, 1–4. Retrieved from

• Adam Evans. (2018). Pros and Cons of Virtual Reality in the Classroom | ccc-pro. Retrieved April 26, 2018, from

• Mihelj, M., Novak, D., & Beguš, S. (2014). Virtual Reality Technology and Applications (Vol. 68). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

• Mohamed, A., Yousef, F., Chatti, M. A., & Schroeder, U. (n.d.). The State of Video-Based Learning: A Review and Future Perspectives. Retrieved from

• Woolfitt, Z. (2015). The effective use of video in higher education, (October), 1–49. Retrieved from

Level Two:

• The Benefits of 360˚ videos & Virtual Reality in Education » Blog | Blend Media. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2018, from


• Erickson, F. (2011). Uses of video in social research: a brief history. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 14(3), 179–189.

• Giannakos, M., Chorianopoulos, K., Ronchetti, M., Szegedi, P., & Teasley, S. (2014). Video-Based Learning and Open Online Courses. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET) (Vol. 9). [Kassel Univ. Press?]. Retrieved from

• Kaimaris, D., Stylianidis, E., & Karanikolas, N. (2014). Virtual Reality: Developing a VR space for Academic activities. ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, II5, 197–201.

• Lee, K. (2012). Augmented Reality in Education and Training. TechTrends, 56(2), 13–21.

• Childs, M., & Peachey, A. (Eds.). (2013). Understanding Learning in Virtual Worlds. London: Springer London.

Blogs (with Online Articles):









Thursday, April 26

Writers block lifted! Started to write.

Re-reviewed articles from past courses.

Emailed myself a backup copy of my paper.

Friday, April 27 – Saturday, April 28

Continued to write. Finding it more in depth and detailed as I work on my paper.

Continue to read and write. A slow meticulous process.

Emailed myself a backup copy of my paper.

Completed first draft. Sleep now!

Sunday, April 29

Final edits! Re-read. Complete my Critical Inquiry Research Log for posting on my blog.

Emailed myself a backup copy of my paper.

Will submit assignment for review and feedback from Dr. DeVries.

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