The University of Westminster project called ‘REVRLaw: An Immersive Way for Teaching Criminal Law using Virtual Reality’ has been mentioned by the Times Higher Education magazine’s print and online versions as a pioneering example for the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in Higher Education.

The article describes how interactive VR can be used outside the physical sciences, in fields such as Law at Westminster Law School, mentioning the interdisciplinary project developed by Senior Computer Science Lecturer Markos Mentzelopoulos, Senior Lecturer Dr Daphne Economou and Games Development student James Parrish from the University’s Department of Computer Science, and Senior Lecturer Dr Paresh Kathrani from the Westminster Law School.

The virtual space created for Criminal Law students allows them to hunt for clues to construct a murder case.

In the article Markos Mentzelopoulos comments: “Rather than simply reading witness statements, they can walk around a building and judge whether someone would have been able to see the crime.”

The article adds that the promise of this kind of interactive VR education, according to advocates such as Whelan, is that students remember far more of what they do in such lessons, compared with what they read, hear or see in a traditional lecture theatre.

Read the full article on the Times Higher Education website.

Read a news article about the REVRLaw project on the University of Westminster’s website.

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