Virtual Classroom

Principal investigators: Prof. Dr. Dirk Richter

Research staff: Eric Richter

Project description

One of the biggest challenges for teachers in teaching is classroom management. This is about a teacher's ability to prevent classroom disruptions and respond appropriately to misbehavior. These skills are difficult to train in real classrooms. For this reason, the University of Potsdam has developed a virtual reality classroom in which prospective teachers can train their classroom management skills under guidance and embedded in an educational science seminar.

In addition to its use in teacher training, the virtual classroom is also used in the field of teacher research. In experimental studies, the department investigates various questions of professional competence of prospective teachers and also examines characteristics and effects of teaching complexity. So far, virtual reality technology has been used primarily to vary the framework conditions and tasks in order to investigate consequences for classroom management and teaching quality. The work is carried out in close cooperation with the Department for Complex Multimedia Application Architectures and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel.


Wiepke, A., Richter, E., Zender, R. & Richter, D. (2019). Einsatz von Virtual Reality zum Aufbau von Klassenmanagement-Kompetenzen im Lehramtsstudium. In N. Pinkwart & J. Konert (Hrsg.), DELFI 2019 (S. 133–144). Bonn: Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.


Eric Richter

Tel.: 0331 - 977 203149

E-Mail: eric.richteruni-potsdamde