Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Lui, Roger Y

Project Center

Hong Kong, China


Working with the Education University of Hong Kong, this project’s goal was to develop and test a pilot lesson to investigate virtual reality as a learning tool in secondary geography education in Hong Kong. Two versions of the lesson, one supplemented with 360-degree pictures and one as a traditional lesson, were presented to secondary school students. Pre-test and post-test scores, surveys, as well as feedback from teachers-in-training were used to evaluate the effectiveness and feasibility of virtual reality in teaching a module on coastal landforms. Our results on the effectiveness of VR were inconclusive, but they showed that VR is feasible. A lesson on urban problems was also developed. Recommendations for additional pilot studies and content development were provided.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences