Educational tech that’s helping to share the stories of Canada’s history

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Further media coverage for Renison professor’s Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation project

Kids use virtual reality headsetsLast week, the ongoing work of Professor Kristina Llewellyn, a faculty member in Renison’s Social Development Studies department, was featured across the country on CBC as part of a piece looking at the use of virtual reality as an educational tool in classrooms. Llewellyn, whose research focuses on oral history, is leading a three-year $500,000 project with The Games Institute at the University of Waterloo, entitled Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation (DOHR).

This project, funded through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant, aims to create virtual reality (VR) oral histories with former residents and with the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Restorative Inquiry to be used within Nova Scotia’s grade 11 history courses.

"There's great criticism about VR and technology generally for education, that it is about disconnection and a lack of communication skills for young people," Llewellyn said to the CBC. "This is meant to do the opposite."

Watch CBC’s video interview with Professor Kristina Llewellyn on the uses of VR for the purposes of education.

Read the CBC article about the uses of VR in the classroom, featuring Professor Llewellyn’s DOHR project.