Virtual Reality history lessons: new curriculum piloted in Nova Scotia by Dr. Kristina Llewellyn

Friday, November 22, 2019

Young woman wearing a virtual reality headset and headphones. Dr. Kristina Llewellyn, Associate Professor in the Social Development Studies department, has recently returned to the Renison campus from piloting a new curriculum that uses emerging technology to teach history.

Part of the Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation (DOHR) project, the curriculum uses virtual reality (VR) to tell personal accounts of abuse at the ‘Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.’ It is the first time in Canada that personal storytelling and immersive technology has been used in this way, allowing students to fully engage in the subject matter, and then participate in discussion. The goal of the project is to assess how VR can be used to educate young people, and build intergenerational and intercultural relationships.

Read more about the pilot on CBC, and learn about DOHR on their website.

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