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A Controlled Study of Stereoscopic Virtual Reality in Freshman Electrostatics
written by J. R. Smith, A. Byrum, T. M. McCormick, Nicholas T. Young, Christopher Orban, and C. D. Porter
Virtual reality (VR) has long promised to revolutionize education, but with little follow-through. Part of the reason for this is the prohibitive cost of immersive VR headsets or caves. This has changed with the advent of smartphone-based VR (along the lines of Google cardboard) which allows students to use smartphones and inexpensive plastic or cardboard viewers to enjoy stereoscopic VR simulations. We have completed the largest ever such study on 627 students enrolled in calculus-based freshman physics at The Ohio State University. This initial study focused on student understanding of electric fields. Students were split into three treatments groups: VR, video, and static 2D images. Students were asked questions before, during, and after treatment. Here we present a preliminary analysis including overall post-pre improvement among the treatment groups, dependence of improvement on gender, and previous video game experience. Results on select questions are discussed.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 376-379
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Education - Applied Research
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
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- Sample Population
= Gender
- Student Characteristics
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electric Field
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
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10.1119/perc.2017.pr.089
Keywords:
PERC 2017, Virtual reality, electrostatics, gaming, gender
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Metadata instance created February 26, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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J. Smith, A. Byrum, T. McCormick, N. Young, C. Orban, and C. Porter, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14650&DocID=4827).
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J. Smith, A. Byrum, T. McCormick, N. Young, C. Orban, and C. Porter, A Controlled Study of Stereoscopic Virtual Reality in Freshman Electrostatics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14650&DocID=4827>.
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Smith, J., Byrum, A., McCormick, T., Young, N., Orban, C., & Porter, C. (2017, July 26-27). A Controlled Study of Stereoscopic Virtual Reality in Freshman Electrostatics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14650&DocID=4827
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Smith, J, A. Byrum, T. McCormick, N. Young, C. Orban, and C. Porter. "A Controlled Study of Stereoscopic Virtual Reality in Freshman Electrostatics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14650&DocID=4827 (accessed 27 October 2020).
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Smith, Joseph R, Amber Byrum, Tim M. McCormick, Nicholas "Nick" Young, Christopher Orban, and Chris D. Porter. "A Controlled Study of Stereoscopic Virtual Reality in Freshman Electrostatics." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 376-379 of PER Conference. 27 Oct. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14650&DocID=4827>.
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