The potential of extended reality in Rural Education’s future – perspectives from rural educators

Xining Wang, Gareth W. Young, Muhammad Zahid Iqbal, Conor Mc Guckin

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Technology-enhanced education can potentially enhance teaching and learning outcomes for rural educators since they face limited educational resources and low job satisfaction. Recently, there has been a surge in extended reality (XR) as an immersive learning technology to improve teaching and learning in rural areas, but without focusing on rural educators’ perspectives. This study aims to bridge this gap by investigating rural educators’ interactions with XR educational applications and exhibiting their insights on using XR education to improve education quality in rural areas. After educators’ hands-on experiences in a pre-designed XR education workshop, qualitative data was collected from their discussions in focus groups. As a result, educators believed that XR could transform traditional educational practices and create opportunities for new patterns of rural education (e.g., public engagement with rurality and rural vocational education). Limitations include a lack of school infrastructure to apply XR and an absence of well-structured curriculum design to use XR in the classroom setting. We suggest that future studies explore the integration of effective XR practices into primary and elementary education in those areas with limited educational resources.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEducation and Information Technologies
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2023

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Funding Information:
Open Access funding provided by the IReL Consortium. This study is funded by Trinity College Dublin-China Scholarship Council Joint Scholarship. This publication has also emanated from research conducted with the financial support of the European Union as part of the Horizon Europe Framework Program (HORIZON) under grant agreement 101070109.

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