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Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Virtual Reality: A Focus on Textile Materials
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1  Department of Communication Design, Berlin University of Applied Sciences-HTW Berlin, 12459 Berlin, Germany
2  Department of Conservation and Restoration/Excavation Technology, Berlin University of Applied Sciences-HTW Berlin, 12459 Berlin, Germany
3  Department of Clothing Technology and Garment Engineering, Berlin University of Applied Sciences-HTW Berlin, 12459 Berlin, Germany
Academic Editor: Nunzio Cennamo


Virtual reality has emerged as a transformative tool in education, offering unique opportunities to enhance teaching and learning experiences. This study explores the application of virtual reality in the context of textile materials, with a particular focus on its potential to enhance the study and understanding of textile structures. By immersing learners in 3D virtual environments, virtual reality enables an unprecedented exploration of textiles that goes beyond traditional microscopic observations. This research emphasises the historical significance of the 1950s vintage car era and brings together experts from diverse fields including communication design, clothing technology, conservation and excavation techniques. Advanced digital microscopy techniques were used to examine textile surfaces, gain knowledge of standard testing methods, convert the results into dynamic 3D data, and visualise the ageing processes of textiles. The interdisciplinary collaboration promoted knowledge exchange, enabled teachers and learners to discover innovative teaching approaches and paved the way for new ways of thinking. This study explores immersive and transformative learning experiences and can open up new areas of research and understanding in the field of textile materials through the power of virtual reality.

Keywords: Teaching and learning; virtual reality; textile materials; 3D virtual environments; 1950s vintage cars; dynamic 3D data; immersing learning; innovative learning experiences;