Remote Participation – VIRTUAL REALITY RESEARCH STUDY – Gender & Sexuality

Department of Graduate Programs in Education,

University of Calgary

NOTE: If you are interested in in-person participation in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, please go to the in-person participation page.


Agents, Virtuality, and Learning about Gender and Sexuality

Recruiting remote participation of people with their own headsets: including PCVR with Oculus Rift / Rift S, Quest / Quest 2 with Link. Valve Index and HTC VIve using Revive is possible.

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study of learning experiences of gender and sexuality-based identities in virtual reality.

As a participant in this study, you would be asked to:

Take part in a virtual reality exhibit. In the exhibit you will wear your own virtual reality head-mounted display to enter into a computer-generated, virtual reality environment. You will interact with the environment which includes touching virtual objects and listening to queer and trans narratives.

Expert facilitators may ask you questions about your interactions with the virtual environment and may ask for clarification of your explanations.

You would be asked to do semi-structured pre and post interviews that will be video and audio recorded via Zoom. You would also be observed by the research team and video and audio recorded via Zoom during your participation in the VR environments by having you share the virtual reality application screen to Zoom.

Your participation would involve one session, approximately one and a half hours. The amount of time you take to interact with the exhibit is your decision, in accordance with your own timeline, interest, etc.

All video/audio data will be transcribed and anonymized. We will only use pseudonyms for the participants in our research publications and presentations. We will not share the videos of technology interactions or interviews in any public forum. We will only use anonymized transcripts for sharing interviews and group discussions as part of written articles and presentations.

Computer Recommendations:

  • Processor: Quad-core processor capable of 4.0 GHz, or better
  • Graphics: GTX 1060 6GB is required; GTX 1070 or better is recommended
  • Memory: 8GB required; 16GB recommended
  • Storage: 3GB of free storage space is required
  • A stable internet connection for Zoom calls

A copy of the full consent form will be provided to you, and you will have the opportunity to read it, ask questions, and get clarifications before agreeing to be part of the research. The consent form outlines matters such as, what personal information will be collected and procedures for anonymization and withdrawal of participant data.

For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study, 
please contact the research coordinator using the form below.

Get in touch

For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study, please contact the research coordinator using this form.

The research coordinator will answer any questions or concerns you may have.

You will be redirected to another page with a link to sign-up for a virtual meeting over Zoom to volunteer your time for this study.

This study is not accepting participants under 18 years of age. Please only volunteer for this study if you are 18+.

Which PCVR headset do you have?

If you have any concerns about the way you have been treated as a participant, please contact the Research Ethics Analyst, Research Services, University of Calgary at 403.220.6289 or 403.220.8640; email cfreb [at] ucalgary [dot] ca

The Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (CFREB), University of Calgary has reviewed and approved this research. (REB19-1459_MOD2)