TitelAn Academic Conference In Virtual Reality? – Evaluation Of A SocialVR Conference
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsMulders, M, Zender, R
Conference Name7th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN 2021)
ISBN Number978-1-73489-952-8
Keywordsacademic conference, AltspaceVR, evaluation, social presence, SocialVR, virtual reality

One of the first academic conferences in head-mounted display (HMD)-based Social Virtual Reality (SocialVR) was realized. The conference aims to support knowledge acquisition and informal exchange regarding the technology SocialVR itself and the use of Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies (VR/AR) in vocational education. The paper presents results of an explorative study of 75 conference participants. Results indicate that SocialVR is generally suited to host an academic conference. In some areas, it seems inferior or equivalent to other digital formats or face-to-face events. In other areas, it offers added value. Further research is needed to take advantage of these positive effects.


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