Teaching in Virtual Reality: Experiences from a Lean Masterclass

Torbjørn Netland, Peter Hines

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Virtual reality offers an immersive, remote alternative to in-person teaching. We teach a Lean masterclass entirely in real-time virtual reality. By summer 2021, we had taught five masterclasses for 117 senior-level managers from more than 50 leading organisations. In these courses, participants located all over the world can interact with each other almost as in a physical seminar setting. Drawing on formal course evaluation surveys and personal experience, we discuss the appropriateness of real-time virtual reality as a teaching platform and the benefits and challenges of this approach. Based on our experiences, and taking into account the rapid ongoing technological development, we imagine that this form of teaching and learning will accelerate in importance and application.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning in the Digital Era - 7th European Lean Educator Conference, ELEC 2021, Proceedings
EditorsDaryl John Powell, Erlend Alfnes, Marte D. Holmemo, Eivind Reke
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783030929336
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event7th European Lean Educator Conference, ELEC 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 25 Oct 202127 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


Conference7th European Lean Educator Conference, ELEC 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Immersive learning
  • Immersive teaching
  • Lean
  • Metaverse
  • Oculus
  • Virtual reality


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