Virtually Teaching Ethics: Experiencing the Discrepancy between Abstract Ethical Stands and Actual Behaviour using Immersive Virtual Reality

S. Delacroix and C. Denvir, “Virtually teaching ethics? Experiencing the discrepancy between abstract ethical stands and actual behaviour”, in C. Denvir (ed.), Modernising Legal Education, Cambridge University Press, late 2019 Forthcoming

33 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2019 Last revised: 18 Jul 2019

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Sylvie Delacroix

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Law School; The Alan Turing Institute

Catrina Denvir

University College London

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

The CAVE experience is an immersive virtual reality (IVR) environment employing high-resolution, 3D video and audio technology. Using the CAVE, researchers at University College London designed an IVR scenario intended to echo the logical structure of a traditional ‘trolley scenario’ problem, and deployed this activity within an undergraduate Law and Ethics Course. In this chapter we explore how the use of virtual reality can offer students an unparalleled opportunity to reflect on the dissonance between the behaviour they adopt when faced with an ethical dilemma, and the theoretical stance they propose during class discussion. We explore how this personalisation gives rise to sustained student engagement borne out of a desire to understand the discrepancy between principle and practice. Our chapter considers the potential of IVR technology when teaching ethics to future and current professionals. We conclude by considering how such technology can offer more dynamic opportunities for student reflection and how IVR might be sensibly integrated into a broader legal ethics curriculum.

Keywords: legal education, virtual reality, ethics training, legal gamification, issue identification, law students

Suggested Citation

Delacroix, Sylvie and Denvir, Catrina, Virtually Teaching Ethics: Experiencing the Discrepancy between Abstract Ethical Stands and Actual Behaviour using Immersive Virtual Reality (2019). S. Delacroix and C. Denvir, “Virtually teaching ethics? Experiencing the discrepancy between abstract ethical stands and actual behaviour”, in C. Denvir (ed.), Modernising Legal Education, Cambridge University Press, late 2019 Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3406739

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Catrina Denvir

University College London ( email )

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