Tools for Teaching Mining Students in Virtual Reality based on 360° Video Experiences

Denis Kalkofen, Mori Shohei, Tobias Ladinig, Susanne Feiel, Manuel Labrador Ortega, Peter Moser, Carsten Drebenstedt, Markus Ebner, Taras Shepel, Michael Hitch, Teemu Laine, James Tibbett, Sebastian Gabl, Lea Daling, Anas Abdelrazeq

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In recent years, Virtual Reality (VR) technology has found their way into higher education. Its power lays in its ability to provide immersive three-dimensional (3D) experiences that help conveying educational content whilst providing rich interaction possibilities. Especially in mining engineering education, VR has high potential to reshape the provided learning content. Field trips, i.e. mine visits, are an integral part of the education and necessary to transfer knowledge to students. However, field trips are time and cost intensive and mines often have tight entry regulations. As a result, the number of field trips is limited. VR-based field trips offer a considerable alternative presupposed they replicate the complex mining environment realistically. In addition, VR mines have the advantage of taking students close to events (e.g. explosions) that are impossible to demonstrate in a real mine. However, generating realistic 3D content for VR still involves complex, and thus time consuming tasks. Therefore, we present the design of a VR Framework for teaching mining students based on 360° video data, its evaluation in three different lectures, and its extension based on the feedback we received from students and teachers from four different universities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020
Event2020 IEEE VR Atlanta - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 22 Mar 202026 Mar 2020


Conference2020 IEEE VR Atlanta
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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Bibliographical note

Kalkofen, D., Mori, S., Ladinig, T., Daling, L., Abdelrazeq, A., Ebner, M., Ortega, M., Feiel, S., Gabl, S., Shepel, T., Tibbett, J., Laine, T. H., Hitch, M., Drebenstedt, C. & Moser, P., 22 Mär 2020, 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces : Abstracts and Workshops (VRW). Atlanta, GA, USA, S. 455-459 5 S.


  • Education
  • Virtual Reality
  • Augmented Reality

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