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360-degree video in education: An overview and a comparative social media data analysis of the last decade

Lampropoulos, Georgios; Barkoukis, Vassilis; Burden, Kevin; Anastasiadis, Theofylaktos


Georgios Lampropoulos

Vassilis Barkoukis

Theofylaktos Anastasiadis


Due to its immersive and interactive nature, 360-degree video is becoming ever more popular. However, little is known about the public’s viewpoints and attitudes regarding the use of this emerging technology in educational contexts. This study reviews the research evidence for 360° video, virtual learning environments and social media and presents related studies. Moreover, the methodology, the tools and the analysis process used to comparatively analyze social media data are presented and the results that arose are showcased. The use of 360° video in education is discussed and directions for future research are given. Based on the data from the last 10 years, the main findings of the study show that 360° video and its use in educational settings are recognized positively by the public who mostly express anticipation, trust and joy when referring to it. Nonetheless, teachers are unfamiliar with 360° video and do not have the necessary technical skills to develop educational material using it or incorporating it into teaching activities. Finally, 360° video is proven to be an effective educational tool which satisfies the emerging educational needs, enriches the teaching and learning process and promotes students’ motivation, active participation and engagement, rendering, thus, learning more effective.


Lampropoulos, G., Barkoukis, V., Burden, K., & Anastasiadis, T. (2021). 360-degree video in education: An overview and a comparative social media data analysis of the last decade. Smart Learning Environments, 8(1),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 13, 2021
Online Publication Date Sep 26, 2021
Publication Date Dec 1, 2021
Deposit Date Dec 1, 2021
Publicly Available Date Dec 2, 2021
Journal Smart Learning Environments
Electronic ISSN 2196-7091
Publisher SpringerOpen
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 1
Article Number 20
Keywords 360-degree video; 360 video; Educational technology; Immersive learning; Immersive technologies; Social media; Technology-enhanced learning; Data analysis; Sentiment analysis; Virtual reality
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