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313 Choosing an Affordable VR Solution: Why Cognitive Science Matters

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM ET
Monday, November 7

Room: Coronado B

With the digital learning industry rapidly growing, organizations are showing more interest in VR solutions. However, the biggest challenges for VR adoption are often (1) the upfront costs of software, equipment, and development and (2) the health side effects of using head mounted displays (HMDs).

What if there are affordable VR solutions that don’t require HMDs? And what if the affordable VR solutions are supported by cognitive science? Would you choose them over traditional eLearning to move your workplace learning to the next level?

Join us to explore the connection between cognitive science and VR, and how this knowledge can help you to choose an affordable VR solution. We will dive into the role of item-context binding, scene context, cognitive load, and analogical reasoning in learning and memory. The evidence behind this cognitive science, as they relate to VR options, will help inform decision makers when choosing a lower-cost solution.

In this session you will learn:

  • The range of available technologies between traditional eLearning and fully immersive VR solutions
  • The key role of context in learning and memory and how this relates to VR’
  • Why cognitive science matters when choosing a VR solution
  • How to go beyond traditional eLearning in an affordable way with VR

Parker Grant



Dr. Parker A. Grant is an instructional designer, eLearning developer, and learning consultant in the L&D community. He is a co-founder of IDLance. Parker has 30 years of experience in the L&D industry, including 16 years in a Fortune 50 company as a trainer, instructional designer, and training manager before starting his own consulting practice in 2008. He earned his master’s in educational technology and a PhD in adult learning, with a specialization in mental models and concept mapping.