Immersive Virtual Reality learning tool
IVRAP project will produce an IVR Tool for teaching students with autism and learning difficulties how to ‘learn to learn’. This resource will be available at the virtual reality apps-market, including STEAM VR market (https://store.steampowered.com/) and available for both high quality (such as HTC VIVE or FOVE) and medium-low quality VR systems (smartphone headsets) in all the languages of the project partners (Spanish, French, Turkish and English).
IVRAP will conduct a research study with a sample of around 36 students in order to scientifically validate the VR Tool. The objective of this research is to evaluate whether or not the Virtual Reality Learning Toolkit is effective for promoting independence in students with autism and learning difficulties and to reduce the prompting needs they have when doing independent tasks. The study will measure the percent of the time with On-task behaviour vs Off-task behaviour (expected to be higher with the VR Tool), the accuracy in the tasks, the independent completion of tasks, the level of prompting provided by teachers (expected to be lower with the VR Tool).
IVRAP will produce a Massive Open Online Course, also known as a MOOC, about Virtual Reality and Autism. The MOOC will be available in English, French, Turkish and Spanish and will contribute to spreading knowledge about how to use Virtual Reality technologies with autistic students.
A report of policy recommendations will be prepared for policy-makers and other key decision-makers across the EU and will make a number of recommendations based on the overall findings of the project as well as good policy and practice across the EU. The recommendations aim to contribute to maximising the scope of the project results and raise awareness about the relevance of IVR technology for autism intervention.
One 3-days training action will take place in Valencia, Spain to train school teachers about the use of IVR technology and to disseminate the findings of the research study. Three multiplier events will be held in Valencia (Spain), Konya (Turkey) and Bristol (UK) in order to disseminate intellectual products to all relevant stakeholders.