Digital Integration Programme
A Project by the Skip Institute
In 2017, under the direction of Prof. Wickenden, students developed a Virtual Reality (VR) concept to support the social integration of refugees. As part of this scientific effort, it was anticipated that VR films would convey a sense of closeness to reality (e.g. visiting a family doctor) and thus reduce the potential inhibition threshold for refugees in order to simplify access to language and culture in Germany. This assumption was confirmed in a subsequent mini study. The second VR project with the new name “VR DIP” is now also being sponsored by the Minister President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia as part of ongoing funding. Here, the original idea of the first project is being continued and further VR experiences (e.g. in the pharmacy) are being developed and studied. The scientific team, led by Dr. Malte Albrecht, is investigating the actual effectiveness of this new learning method after VR production as part of a large-scale study in some cities in North Rhine-Westphalia. This project illustrates the learning and support potential that can be generated from the use of virtual reality and VR glasses in the integration of refugees. In this way, refugees will be able to experience and get to know German culture in a safe and secure way in this simulated world, which will give them the security to engage in the real world.
What does DIP mean?
Prof. Christopher Wickenden
Dr. Malte Albrecht
Head of Project Coordination
360° Film Management
Conceptual and Technical Management
Alisa Pernhold (project assistance)
Julia Schumann (Project assistance and editing)
Jana Kierdorf (scientific study)
Alex Wolff (scientific study)
Alina Weber (scientific study)
Benjamin Tanzius (Online-Design)
Win Ni Dang