Researchers’ and Participants’ Experiences on Distributed User Studies Conducted in the First Year of COVID-19 Pandemic Misc

Anil Ufuk Batmaz, Domenick Mifsud, Anthony Steed, Wolfgang Stuerzlinger, Francisco Ortega


COVID-19 has raised significant challenges to the conduct of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) studies. Previously, most VR and AR academic research happened in research labs at universities, where the experiments were conducted in controlled environments with specific installations and instrumentation. With the ongoing pandemic, many VR/AR researchers switched by necessity to distributed studies, where the participants participate in the studies from their own living or working spaces. This change created novel challenges for participants and experimenters. In this paper, we report some experiences with VR/AR studies conducted in the first year of COVID-19 and present recommendations for future, distributed VR/AR studies.

Date of publication: May - 2021
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