E-learning through Virtual Reality Applications: The Case of Career Counseling

By Konstantinos Panagiotis Kostopoulos, Konstantinos Giannopoulos, Stylianos Mystakidis and Kiriaki Chronopoulou.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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Virtual Reality (VR) can be defined as a three-dimensional space that provides a strong degree of interaction with the user, including real-time simulation and interactions through multiple channels senses. It is not just a reproduction of conventional reality, but creates synthetic realities without precedent. It has been used in various fields, e.g. education, medicine, architecture, assistance to persons with disabilities, etc. VR leads to the development of new forms of counseling, e.g. via asynchronous learning platform, videoconferencing, social networking, etc. By using the three-dimensional virtual immersive learning environments of “Open Workshop on Information Literacy” of Patra’s University Library, we organized and conducted three educational workshops about career consulting with 50 participants. The Open Workshop is an open and free blended learning initiative for providing flexible training services on academic & professional development to the university’s academic community and beyond. In this paper, the results through practice of such an initiative are described, i.e. the prerequisites for its success, its capabilities/restrictions, the participants (and potential) and the way they participated, users’ feedback (evaluation and outcomes) and the possibilities/limitations of Virtual Reality (VR) applications in Career Counseling and especially in providing educational and vocational information through already implemented actions.

Keywords: E-Learning, Career Counseling, Virtual Immersive Environments, Virtual Reality

International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 20, Issue 1, March 2014, pp.57-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 11, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 795.828KB)).

Dr. Konstantinos Panagiotis Kostopoulos

University of Patras, Career Office, University of Patras, Patra, Achaia, Greece

Career counselor, Ph.D in counseling and career guidance. Working experience in career office, teaching, counseling.

Dr. Konstantinos Giannopoulos

University of Patras, Department of Business Administration, University of Patras, Patra, Achaia, Greece

Ph.D in Economics and Tourism. Working experience in career office, administrative officer, and teaching.

Stylianos Mystakidis

University of Patras, Library, University of Patras, Library, University of Patras, Patra, Achaia, Greece

MSc in Mechanical Engineer. Educational Technology Specialist, E-learning Specialist, Distance learning Specialist, working at Library and Information Center of University of Patras. Teaching at Open University of Catalonia (UOC), University of Washington (UW).

Kiriaki Chronopoulou

Career Counselor, Career Office, University of Patras, Patra, Achaia, Greece

Career counselor, MSc in counseling and career guidance. Working experience in career office, teaching, counseling.