Development of Cross-Curricular Key Skills Using a 3D Immersive Learning Environment in Schools

  • Daisy AbbottEmail author
  • Stuart Jeffrey
  • Anastasia Gouseti
  • Kevin Burden
  • Mhairi Maxwell
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 725)


Pedagogical opportunities offered by 3D immersive environments are not restricted to subject-based knowledge but also include non-disciplinary and cross-curricular key skills. This pilot study introduced a large 3D scene of a non-extant architectural exhibition into teaching and learning activities at three UK schools. From observation and qualitative data capture, a comparative case study identified a number of pedagogical opportunities and challenges. Despite diverse teacher and student approaches, a number of common factors were identified including constructionist teaching methods and the suitability of 3D environments for developing cross-curricular key skills and capabilities. In relation to the literature, this paper analyses how subject-aligned use of the 3D model met with differing levels of success, identifies four key skills that emerged from student use of the model across all three schools, and considers how challenges might be translated into further learning opportunities.


Pedagogy 3D visualization Cross-curricular skills Game-based learning Collaboration Creativity Self-directed learning 



REVISIT and the British Empire Exhibition, 1938 project were funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. Thanks to all of the schools, pupils, and teachers who participated in this pilot study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daisy Abbott
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stuart Jeffrey
    • 1
  • Anastasia Gouseti
    • 2
  • Kevin Burden
    • 2
  • Mhairi Maxwell
    • 1
  1. 1.Glasgow School of ArtGlasgowUK
  2. 2.University of HullHullUK

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