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Virtual Reality for Small Group Facilitators: Understanding Experience of Minoritised Groups

About the Project

Students have reported that when in small group sessions, facilitators did not always intervene when either microaggressions occurred or cultural explanations were requested of students. The students have raised that they then have an added burden of feeling the need to manage the situation themselves, an action which may be impacting their learning. This project will explore the concerns of facilitators and barriers to action followed by the development of a student-devised training package using virtual reality to help facilitators understand the impact on students and support their development in this area.

Our Aims

  1. To investigate barriers to facilitator intervention when microaggressions occur in group work
  2. To use sound pedagogical principles to develop and deliver a virtual reality experiential learning experience for staff to help facilitators understand the impact on students and support their development in this area
  3. To improve the experience of students from minoritized groups, in keeping with the university EDI strategy and contributing to tacking the awarding gap.

    Project Impact

    A resource including VR films will be available for use across the wider university. At Warwick Medical School, we will train all of our facilitators across all of our undergraduate and postgraduate degree pathways. The VR films can be used with google cardboard headsets and mobile phones. We suggest that this would form an experiential adjunct to existing anti-racism training for all teachers who deliver small group teaching. We are happy to share the products with other institutions at their request, and will offer this at external presentations and conferences. We hope the training developed will support facilitators professional development and improve the experience of minoritized students. The project will contribute to the University's Strategy of eliminating the awarding gap.

    Project Lead

    Leda Mirbahai

    Warwick Medical School

    Project Lead

    Kate Owen

    Warwick Medical School


    • Jess Humphries
    • Helen Nolan


    • Isabelle Gallier-Birt
    • Kaldora Ibekwe
    • Will Opoku-Asamoah