, Volume 62, Issue 1, pp 114–118 | Cite as

Using Augmented Reality and Virtual Environments in Historic Places to Scaffold Historical Empathy

  • Sara K. SweeneyEmail author
  • Phyllis Newbill
  • Todd Ogle
  • Krista Terry
Original Paper


The authors explore how 3D visualizations of historical sites can be used as pedagogical tools to support historical empathy. They provide three visualizations created by a team at Virginia Tech as examples. They discuss virtual environments and how the digital restoration process is applied. They also define historical empathy, explain why it is important, and discuss how it is taught.


Augmented reality Virtual environments Digital restoration Historical empathy 



The authors acknowledge the other members of the Virginia Tech research team, including David Hicks, David Cline, and Thomas Tucker for sharing their projects. We also acknowledge Stephan Munz and Trenton Dawson for their help in framing the research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Appalachian State UniversityBooneUSA

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