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Immersive Education

Designing for Learning

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  • Offers research evidence on the learning outcomes and effectiveness of immersive education in K-12 and higher education contexts

  • Integrates relevant instructional design frameworks that inform the application of theory to practice

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Designing Immersive Learning in Higher Education


About this book

This book focuses on designing and being a designer of immersive education. It introduces readers to the human experiences within immersive learning environments and contributes research evidence on the effectiveness of immersive technologies in K-12 and post-secondary contexts. Through the chapters, illustrative contextual examples and vignettes demonstrate immersive learning in real-world educational practice. Readers will be equipped to design engaging and culturally relevant immersive experiences for learning in a post-COVID world.

Immersive Education: Designing for Learning brings researchers, designers, and educators together to offer pedagogical strategies and design guidelines. The originality lies in integrating theoretical and practical knowledge to design meaningful immersive experiences, with attention to sustainability, community, and creativity. Valuable insights are provided to support students and teachers as immersive learning designers and storytellers. 

Editors and Affiliations

  • College of Education University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

    Paula MacDowell

  • Werklund School of Education University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

    Jennifer Lock

About the editors

Paula MacDowell, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan. Her area of specialization is Educational Technology and Design (ETAD) with research interests in immersive education, emerging technologies, instructional design, and education for social and environmental change. Dr. MacDowell serves as the Practitioner Chair for the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN). 

Jennifer Lock, PhD, is a Professor and Vice Dean in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Her area of specialization is in the Learning Sciences. Dr. Lock’s research interests are elearning, change and innovation in education, scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, and learning in makerspaces

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Immersive Education

  • Book Subtitle: Designing for Learning

  • Editors: Paula MacDowell, Jennifer Lock

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-18137-5Published: 03 January 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-18140-5Published: 04 January 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-18138-2Published: 02 January 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 285

  • Number of Illustrations: 11 b/w illustrations, 106 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Education, general, Computer Imaging, Vision, Pattern Recognition and Graphics, Teaching and Teacher Education

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