Articles | Volume 76, issue 3
Geogr. Helv., 76, 369–380, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-76-369-2021

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Geogr. Helv., 76, 369–380, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-76-369-2021

Standard article 12 Aug 2021

Standard article | 12 Aug 2021

Producing virtual reality (VR) field trips – a concept for a sense-based and mindful geographic education

Katharina Mohring and Nina Brendel

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The paper discusses how virtual reality (VR) could make a difference to geographic education. A key argument is that virtual immersive environments were acquired affectively and emotionally by users. This should be considered for the processes of consuming, producing, and mediating geographic knowledge via and with VR. To discuss this a teaching and research project is presented in which students produced VR field trips based on empiric research in the cities of Vienna and Berlin.