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Virtual Reality as a Teaching Tool for Moon Phases and Beyond
written by Jack H. Madden, Andrea Stevenson Won, Jonathon P. Schuldt, Byungdoo Kim, Swati Pandita, Yilu Sun, T. J. Stone, and Natasha G. Holmes
A ball on a stick is a common and simple activity for teaching the phases of the Moon. This activity, like many others in physics and astronomy, gives students a perspective they otherwise could only imagine. For Moon phases, a third person view and control over time allows students to rapidly build a mental model that connects all the moving parts. Computer simulations of many traditional physics and astronomy activities provide new features, controls, or vantage points to enhance learning beyond a hands-on activity. Virtual reality provides the capabilities of computer simulations and embodied cognition experiences through a hands-on activity making it a natural step to improve learning. We recreated the traditional ball-and-stick moon phases activity in virtual reality and compared participant learning using this simulation with using traditional methods. We found a strong participant preference for VR relative to the traditional methods. However, we observed no difference across conditions in average levels of performance on a pre/post knowledge test.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Astronomy
- Fundamentals
= Lunar Phases
- Solar System
= The Moon
Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
- Technology
= Multimedia
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
- Upper Undergraduate
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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Metadata instance created December 31, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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J. Madden, A. Won, J. Schuldt, B. Kim, S. Pandita, Y. Sun, T. Stone, and N. Holmes, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14819&DocID=4966).
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J. Madden, A. Won, J. Schuldt, B. Kim, S. Pandita, Y. Sun, T. Stone, and N. Holmes, Virtual Reality as a Teaching Tool for Moon Phases and Beyond, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14819&DocID=4966>.
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Madden, J., Won, A., Schuldt, J., Kim, B., Pandita, S., Sun, Y., Stone, T., & Holmes, N. (2018, August 1-2). Virtual Reality as a Teaching Tool for Moon Phases and Beyond. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14819&DocID=4966
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Madden, J, A. Won, J. Schuldt, B. Kim, S. Pandita, Y. Sun, T. Stone, and N. Holmes. "Virtual Reality as a Teaching Tool for Moon Phases and Beyond." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14819&DocID=4966 (accessed 23 April 2019).
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Madden, Jack H., Andrea Stevenson Won, Jonathon P. Schuldt, Byungdoo Kim, Swati Pandita, Yilu Sun, T. J. Stone, and Natasha Holmes. "Virtual Reality as a Teaching Tool for Moon Phases and Beyond." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 23 Apr. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14819&DocID=4966>.
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