Based on the scant study literature on the subject, Lasse Jensen of the University of Copenhagen finds that VR glasses appear to have extremely limited promise. VR has the potential to:
Encourage students’ spatial comprehension of how things are arranged with respect to one another, such as how planets are arranged in relation to one another in the solar system.
Prepare your students to handle emotionally charged and stressful situations, like war or a terrorist attack, in a calm way.
Teach children to notice and observe specific objects in their surroundings (for example, dangerous conditions on a construction site, archaeological finds, or sanitary conditions in a refugee camp).
However, it appears that VR can do more harm than good when it comes to learning and retaining specific facts:
When moving around in a virtual world, the experience might become so overwhelming that it takes your attention away from what you were intended to be studying.
Many VR films have so much to look at that pupils fail to remember the important facts.
When using VR glasses, some people experience “cybersickness,” which is similar to motion sickness.