3D Virtual Site Visit as an Alternative to On-Site Experience in Interior Design Education


  • Ye Ji Yi University of Oklahoma, USA
  • Suchismita Bhattacharjee University of Oklahoma, USA


360VR, 3D scan, Interior design studio, Service-learning projects, Learning outcome


This study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of 360-degree panorama-based Virtual Reality (360VR) as a tool to simulate real-world site visit experiences in interior design education. In the first stage of evaluation, the online survey was implemented to ask students about their learning experience of using 360VR. The second stage of 360 VR effectiveness evaluation focused on the objective comparison of students learning outcomes between the 360VR method and the traditional approach. The students’ experience survey results indicated that 360VR and virtual walkthrough experiences benefited students' understanding of the site during the design process. Students reflected positive 360 VR experiences on their engagement in learning, special layout, visualization, and educational effectiveness. The result of the student learning outcome evaluation showed no significant difference between 360 VR compared to no site visit. However, there was a significant improvement in students’ spatial planning, finish selection, and total scores when using the 360 VR method compared to an on-site visit.



2023-05-18 — Updated on 2023-05-18


How to Cite

YI, Y. J.; BHATTACHARJEE, S. 3D Virtual Site Visit as an Alternative to On-Site Experience in Interior Design Education. Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, [S. l.], v. 28, n. 1, p. 100–113, 2023. Disponível em: https://openjournals.ljmu.ac.uk/DATE/article/view/1163. Acesso em: 13 jul. 2024.