Implementing a Desktop VR Tool in a European University: Priorities and Challenges

Kateryna Holubinka*, Corrie Urlings, Slavi Stoyanov, Rocío del Pilar Sosa-Fernández, Roi Méndez-Fernández, Enrique Castelló-Mayo, Roland Klemke, Renate de Groot

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Virtual reality technologies in educational settings have demonstrated their potential to improve understanding, engagement, motivation and learning outcomes. However, there are multiple technical, pedagogical, and institutional challenges on the way of technology adoption in the education sector. In this group-concept-mapping study within the CloudClass project we aim at identifying the requirements for implementing a desktop VR tool (CloudClass) for education in the university context. Teachers, multimedia experts and managers from a Spanish and a Dutch university (a face-to-face and a distance learning one) were asked to complete the focus prompt “To use/implement CloudClass in education it is required/ needed that.…”. The generated statements were classified thematically and rated for importance and feasibility. 95 unique statements were generated and sorted statistically into 5 clusters: Evaluation, Institutional Requirements, Maintenance and Training, Student Requirements, Affordances and infrastructure. A strong correlation was identified between the importance and feasibility of the identified clusters. To ensure a sustainable implementation of a desktop VR tool like CloudClass in a university setting a holistic approach considering all identified clusters is needed. Clusters Maintenance and Training and Institutional requirements are the low-hanging fruits to invest in, as both clusters scored highest on importance and feasibility.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResponsive and Sustainable Educational Futures
Subtitle of host publication18th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2023, Aveiro, Portugal, September 4–8, 2023, Proceedings
EditorsOlga Viberg, Ioana Jivet, Pedro J. Muñoz-Merino, Maria Perifanou, Tina Papathoma
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783031426827
ISBN (Print)9783031426810
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2023
Event18th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, ECTEL 2023 - Aveiro, Portugal
Duration: 4 Sept 20238 Sept 2023

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series


Conference18th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, ECTEL 2023
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  • Group Concept Mapping
  • Higher Education
  • Virtual Reality


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