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A controlled study of virtual reality in first-year magnetostatics
written by Chris D. Porter, Jonathon R. Brown, J. R. Smith, Erik M. Stagar, Amber Simmons, Megan Nieberding, Abigail Ayers, and Christopher Orban
Stereoscopic virtual reality (VR) has experienced a resurgence due to flagship products such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and smartphone-based VR solutions like Google Cardboard. This is causing the question to resurface: how can stereoscopic VR be useful in instruction, if at all, and what are the pedagogical best practices for its use? To address this, and to continue our work in this sphere, we performed a study of 289 introductory physics students who were sorted into three different treatment types: stereoscopic virtual reality, WebGL simulation, and static 2D images, each designed to provide information about magnetic fields and forces. Students were assessed using preliminary items designed to focus on heavily-3D systems. We report on assessment reliability, and on student performance. Overall, we find that students who used VR did not significantly outperform students using other treatment types. There were significant differences between sexes, as other studies have noted. Dependence on students' self-reported 3D videogame play was observed, in keeping with previous studies, but this dependence was not restricted to the VR treatment.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 464-469
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Education - Applied Research
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Education - Basic Research
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Magnetic Fields and Forces
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C. Porter, J. Brown, J. Smith, E. Stagar, A. Simmons, M. Nieberding, A. Ayers, and C. Orban, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15319&DocID=5231).
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C. Porter, J. Brown, J. Smith, E. Stagar, A. Simmons, M. Nieberding, A. Ayers, and C. Orban, A controlled study of virtual reality in first-year magnetostatics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15319&DocID=5231>.
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Porter, C., Brown, J., Smith, J., Stagar, E., Simmons, A., Nieberding, M., Ayers, A., & Orban, C. (2019, July 24-25). A controlled study of virtual reality in first-year magnetostatics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved December 4, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15319&DocID=5231
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Porter, C, J. Brown, J. Smith, E. Stagar, A. Simmons, M. Nieberding, A. Ayers, and C. Orban. "A controlled study of virtual reality in first-year magnetostatics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15319&DocID=5231 (accessed 4 December 2021).
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Porter, Chris D., Jonathon R. Brown, Joseph R Smith, Erik M. Stagar, Amber Simmons, Megan Nieberding, Abigail Ayers, and Christopher Orban. "A controlled study of virtual reality in first-year magnetostatics." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 464-469 of PER Conference. 4 Dec. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15319&DocID=5231>.
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