Educators in VR’s VR Research Team meets regularly in VR to explore the full range of XR research, techniques, and interests. Researchers, educators, scientists, students, all gather regularly to learn more about the research happening in the metaverse, share their research and insights, and learn how to research the diversity of subjects in the metaverse.
For over four years, Educators in VR has been collecting research articles and sharing them on our Educators in VR Discord Research Articles channel, and encouraging XR Researchers to post their research in our Discord Research Help Wanted channel as part of a campaign during the pandemic to aid researchers to compete their projects, and even start them, helping them find subjects to interview and participate in testing.
During the past year, we’ve been gathering some of that research together to share publicly in our new Educators in VR Zotero XR Research Library. It is now open and available for you to review and help us build it out as a resource even more.
Currently, the EDVR Zotero XR Research Library features collections on topics such as business and business use cases, cyberbullying, diversity and inclusion, ethics and legal, language learning, metaverse topics, psychology, storytelling, immersive education teaching techniques, technology, and general XR Research. We would love your help and support to expand it to become a resource for all educators and researchers. Published a research paper or study? Feel free to add it.
If you are unfamiliar with Zotero, it is a free tool that helps to collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share research. It is free at the basic level and available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS. It features browser add-ons for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari that integrate Zotero into your web browser to quickly add articles, PDFs, book references, and a variety of web content into your bibliography. It automatically recognizes the most popular research sources such as JSTOR, Google Scholar, and others, adding the citation information automatically. It will also download and store PDFS and web page snapshots for private accounts. The data collected can be exported in over 10,000 citation styles for text editors, Word, LibreOffice, Google Docs, and more, or you can format your own style guide. Zotero also makes it easy to enter the information manually. From there, you may sort the data into various collections and libraries including storing a single reference across multiple collections and libraries with a simple drag and drop.
Educators in VR’s VR Research Team is working on a workshop to introduce you to an introduction to Zotero in AltspaceVR Thursday, July 21, 2022. We’ll also be announcing the new EDVR Zotero XR Research Library.
For information on attending these events in VR through a VR headset or 2D desktop or laptop, see our How to Attend Events in VR Guide. Educators in VR hosts events in AltspaceVR, ENGAGE XR, and other VR platforms.