Immersive education: a model and rationale

Luci Attalla

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED;

23rd March 2016


Recent analysis of teaching and learning methods questions the relevance and effectiveness of traditional approaches to education. The main thrust of the criticisms is that conventional methodologies do not equip learners with the skills necessary to contribute effectively and valuably in our rapidly developing world (Longhust 2014, UN 2005).

These concerns have generated calls for dramatic shifts in educational processes to be made. This paper offers a model for consideration. The model embraces recommendations to transform education by taking inspiration from ideals as cited in the EfSD (2014), and through adaptation of the method of delivery as performed by Quest University, Canada.

The method proposed aims to address concerns by reducing the distance generated between knowledge and the student that a conventional lecture system creates, in favour of an immersive block delivery of each module. As this paper will demonstrate an immersive block delivery system supports students to actively participate in their education and knowledge production, and as a result reduces the detachment between ‘the knower’ and their knowledge.