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Nov 14, 2022

Empathy is a big word in learning. We want to have more of it, so learning professionals are increasingly charged with helping to promote and somehow inculcate it in their learners. But the efficacy of programmes designed to do that thing has been highly questionable. In this episode we look in depth at an innovative programme designed by Make Real that has pioneered a way of increasing empathy. The programme has shown surprising results, and not just by the (often limited) standards by which training programmes are normally judged. Make Real collaborated with Empathy and VR researcher, Lynda Joy Gerry, to carry out a scientific evaluation of the programme. John talks to Lynda and Sophie Costin, of Make Real about the programme, and its implications for the future of learning.
  • 02:00 Intro
  • 03:36 Setting up the programme
  • 08:38 More detail about the learning programme
  • 10:18 Why not do the programme over headsets?
  • 11:32 Experiment description
  • 16:34 What were the results?
  • 23:26 Scientific analysis of the results
  • 24:12 Why were these results surprising?
  • 31:33 Implications for future research
The programme
  • (download a summary, the full academic paper, and watch a talk that Lynda and Sophie did at Learning Technologies about the research).
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