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DIT Doctoral Researcher carrying out Virtual Reality experiments with Irish language learners!

Posted: 27 November, 2018

Naoise Collins, a DIT Doctoral Researcher in the DIT School of Media invites learners of the Irish language to contact him to take part in an experiment using Virtual Reality (VR) technology. Participants are being sought who are 18 years of age or older who either feel unconfident about their Irish language skills or, who are beginners and are in the early stages of learning the language. Naoise has developed a virtual reality Irish language learning game and is investigating how Irish language virtual reality experiences effect the Irish language identity of players.

Virtual Reality Moontour

Participants will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about their attitudes towards the Irish language. They will then play a virtual reality game developed by the researchers here at DIT. Finally, they will complete a post-test questionnaire about their experience in the game. The whole process should take approximately one hour per participant.  

All data and information provided by the participants will be anonymised. There will be no way to identify participants after this process therefore their privacy will be protected. The results of the study will be published in international conferences and journals in order to disseminate the results of the work. The study will give participants the opportunity to try out cutting-edge virtual reality applications, be immersed in a virtual Irish language experience, and also to question and think about their identification with the Irish language.

Naoise can be contacted by email atd15123239@mydit.ie or call him on 085 271 7266 to schedule an appointment.