Successful completion of educational activities using Virtual Reality technologies within the framework of the European Erasmus+ project VRTEACHER – Virtual Reality-based Training to improvE digital Competences of teachers.

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In the context of the European project VRTEACHER – Virtual Reality-based Training to improvE digital Competences of TEACHERS (Grant Agreement: 2020-1-CY01-KA226-SCH-082707), in which the Cyprus University of Technology is the coordinator, joint training activities were organized by the Cyprus University of Technology and the Pedagogical Institute Cyprus using Virtual Reality technologies for in-service and pre-service teachers. Over 100 in-service teachers participated in the educational activities and had the opportunity to be trained in issues related to the use of virtual reality in education as well as to use the virtual reality pilot application created in the context of the VRTEACHER project by the Cyprus University of Technology in collaboration with the Carlos III University of Madrid.

The pilot VRTEACHER application aims the cultivation of teachers’ skills, such as empathy, self-esteem, adaptability, and critical thinking. The teachers, during the training, had the opportunity to experience the scenarios through the eyes of the teacher, but also experience the same incident through the eyes of their students through a change of “virtual body”.

The educational activities were divided into three phases: initially, an online lecture was organized in early December 2022, where the VRTEACHER project was presented to teachers and an introduction was made regarding the use of Virtual Reality in education. Afterwards, the participants were divided into small groups and took part in lifelong training that took place at the Pedagogical Institute (Nicosia), the Cyprus University of Technology (Limassol) and the Aradippou 4th Primary School. In this training, teachers had the opportunity to use the pilot VRTEACHER Virtual Reality application and provide feedback on their experience. Finally, in January 2023, the last online meeting with the teachers who took part in the process followed, to reflect on the experience and exchange opinions about the use of Virtual Reality in teacher training. During this last online meeting, the teachers expressed the positive thoughts they got from their training with the pilot application created in the context of the project and proposed new topics that can be included in the future, as well as other suggestions for improvements. The planning and implementation of the training were delivered by the scientific manager of the project, Dr Kalliopi-Evangelia Stavroulia.

The University of Technology, as the coordinator of the project, would like to emphasize the important contribution of the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute to the successful co-organization of the educational-training activities and to warmly thank Assoc. Director Dr Eleni Chatzikakou and Professor Dr Christos Rousias for their valuable support and assistance. Our cooperation in the VRTEACHER project will form the basis for further cooperation both for the specific program and for new initiatives.

Finally, we would like to sincerely thank the teachers for their interest and participation, the time they devoted to all the activities that took place and the valuable comments and thoughts they shared with us.

The VRTEACHER program involves six partners from five countries: Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus), Aegean University (Greece), University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain), Fundación Siglo22 (Spain), Future In Perspective Limited (Ireland), and Commonwealth Center for Connected Learning (Malta). The coordinator of the project is the Social Informatics Research Unit, through the Visual Media Computing Lab of the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology.

More details about the program are available on the official project page  and

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