Lesson Plan: The Ethics of Virtual Reality

[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.dwrl.utexas.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Virtual-Reality.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”hsl(0, 0%, 100%)” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ class=”cs-ta-left” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”2/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]In this lesson plan, students consider the ethical questions surrounding violence in virtual reality. By reading about the 1990s debate regarding the power of video games to produce violence in the real world, they discover that these are old questions that take on new urgency in the age of virtual reality.[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h3″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]Learning Objectives[/x_custom_headline][cs_text]Students engage with an intellectual debate that played out in popular discourse. They articulate an opinion based on the information. By experiencing virtual reality (VR), students discern the difference between video games and VR. 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This lesson plan has three components.

1) Two excerpts about the 1990s debate regarding violent video games. I recommend a) Violence, Inequality, and Human Freedom, by Peter Iadicola, Anson Shupe, 58-60, b) “The Rise and Fall of Video Gaming’s Most Vocal Enemy” by Julian Benson.

This is also a helpful timeline.

2) Students engage with VR technology. This can be eliminated and substituted by demonstrations of VR technology through YouTube.

3) Students create a 1 minute trailer for their own VR video game through iMovie. If classroom computers do not have iMovie, then ask students to come up with an idea for a VR game together in a group.

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Session One:

1) Students describe the reading assignments and adopt a position based on the information. May violent video games cause real violence? Students then muse about the difference between VR and current video games. Would VR complicate their opinion on the relationship between fantasy and reality?

2) Students then experiment with VR technology, preferably a violent game like Resident Evil. If the instructor does not have access to VR, please skip this.

Session Two:

1) Show students two video clips that exemplify the possible future, and ethical problems, with VR and AI. I recommend these two clips:

The Matrix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqxwtEdxOCw

West World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX3u0IlBBO4

2) Students then learn to use iMovie and create a short 1 minute clip of a VR game. Students will submit their trailers for review. Instructors who do not have access to iMovie may ask students, placed in groups, to produce an idea for a VR game. They should be able to describe exactly what instinct or desire the idea exploits for commercial value.

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http://www.dwrl.utexas.edu/old/content/handbook/using-dwrl-software-and-equipment[/cs_text][x_video_player type=”16:9″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkkoHAzjnUs” hide_controls=”false” autoplay=”false” no_container=”false” preload=”none” advanced_controls=”false” muted=”false” loop=”false” poster=””][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”rgb(225, 229, 234)” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 60px;padding: 10px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_feature_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”paperclip”]Assessment Suggestions[/x_feature_headline][x_gap size=”30px”][cs_text]Instructors should assess the engagement of students with the reading material, visual clips, VR technology, and iMovie. Because they are participating in interactive programs, like VR and iMovie, instructors may assess the students’ understanding of the material each step of the way.[/cs_text][x_gap size=”20px”][x_tab_nav type=”two-up” float=”top”][x_tab_nav_item title=”Suggestions for Portfolio-Style Assessment” active=”true”][x_tab_nav_item title=”Suggestions for Traditional Assessment” active=”false”][/x_tab_nav][x_tabs][x_tab active=”true”]Instructors may provide three mini-assignments. First, students may write a short piece describing the discourse on violence in video games in the 1990s. Do they think that violence in video games does pose an ethical problem? Is all violence the same?

Then they may write another short essay as a follow-up, describing whether or not virtual reality complicates their original position on the possible ethical problems.

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