This interdisciplinary project, which won the Best Paper Award at the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN2016) conference, is the result of a highly ground-breaking collaboration between the two departments. The project titled ‘REVRLaw: An Immersive Way for Teaching Criminal Law using Virtual Reality’ will test the effectiveness of the game in assisting WLS students with the Law of Murder on the Bachelor of Law (LLB) and the Integrated Master’s in Law (MLaw) Criminal Law module.
REal and Virtual Reality Law (REVRLaw) is the proposed framework in which Law students will be able to explore a real case scenario using Virtual Reality technology. They will discover important pieces of evidence from a real scenario and make up their mind over the crime case if it is a murder or not. The game-based platform integrates the immersion into Virtual Reality as the perception of being physically present in a non-physical world.
According to the award-winning paper, serious games can be very effective as an instructional tool, and can promote student motivation and interest in the subject matter resulting in enhanced learning effectiveness.
The Westminster scientists involved are Senior 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 Westminster Law School.