International Virtual Environments Research Group (iVERG)
iVERG is a group of collaborating academics and professionals from universities worldwide. Research on virtual environments for use in learning and teaching is diverse and complex and draws upon specialisms in education, computing, sociology, psychology, anthropology, computer science and engineering.
It has an important contribution to make to the effective uses of these environments which are being increasingly taken up by a wide range of educational institutions worldwide. Although they have an intrinsic appeal founded upon their origins within gaming and social networking, immersive virtual environments need research informed practice to ensure their effective educational use.
Research projects funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) the Anglo-Japanese DAIWA Foundation and the British Council are investigating communication, learning and identity within virtual worlds. From this work, the International Virtual Environments Research group was established. It brings together academics and practitioners who wish to study and carry out research in the uses of immersive virtual environments for learning, training and teaching. Strong interaction between academia and practitioners is a major benefit of the group, helping to shape and hone research to focus more directly on real concerns and sustainable solutions.
iVERG is open to all professionals (academic researchers, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, computer scientists, immersive world designers, educationalists, communicators and trainers) involved with virtual environments who can contribute to this complex and intriguing area of research. Students conducting research in this area are also invited to join. Membership is free.
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