Co-located Mixed Reality Classrooms: Four Case Studies from Higher Education

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Multi-user mixed reality (MR) holds great potential for classroom based teaching, but what are the most effective teaching experiences, formats and pedagogical techniques for this emerging technology? Through a series of case studies involving four professors and their students, we explore the pedagogical potential of headsetbased co-located MR. Using a custom platform, a series of immersive lectures were developed and delivered covering a range of themes, each including a structured design process, live immersive lectures with students and post-lesson interviews and analysis. From these experiments emerged a common set of educational possibilities offered by the medium, including spatiotemporal narratives, direct and joint attention, virtual travel, collaborative interaction and spatial thinking. Key challenges facing the adoption of MR in educational settings were also identified. This work demonstrates an effective method for exploring the possibilities of MR and provides insights for educators, researchers and developers interested in integrating MR into educational settings.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA '24
EditorsFlorian Floyd Mueller, Penny Kyburz, Julie R. Williamson, Corina Sas
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM), New York
ISBN (print)979-8-4007-0331-7
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2024


TitleCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2024
SubtitleSurfing the World
Abbreviated titleCHI 2024
Duration11 - 16 May 2024
Degree of recognitionInternational event
LocationHawaiʻi Convention Center
CountryUnited States of America

External IDs

ORCID /0000-0002-8923-6284/work/159608006
dblp conf/chi/ChandranDWM24
Scopus 85194144268
ORCID /0009-0001-7653-0767/work/160950499