Evaluating the impact of a virtual reality workstation in an academic library: Methodology and preliminary findings

Zack Lischer-Katz, Matt Cook, Kristal Boulden

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Collections of 3D models and the analytic affordances of virtual reality (VR) systems can be integrated to form a “3D digital heritage ecosystem” (Limp, et al., 2011), providing a potentially richer and more intuitive learning environment that enables students to interact with models of artifacts and spaces that are too rare, fragile, or distant to access directly. This paper describes efforts to evaluate the impact of virtual reality on undergraduate instruction in varied disciplines, hosted within an academic library context. Existing research on VR and learning has focused primarily on domain-specific tasks carried out in controlled lab settings or the social aspects of immersive virtual worlds. This paper describes the methodology and preliminary findings of a mixed-methods research project currently underway (running from September 2017 to August 2018) that is evaluating how use of virtual reality impacts undergraduate students' self-efficacy, and seeks to understand students' embodied experiences. The strengths and weaknesses of the methodology, initial findings drawn from the early stages of data analysis, and directions for further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-308
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • 3D visualization
  • academic libraries
  • instructional technology
  • self-efficacy
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Library and Information Sciences


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