Published August 4, 2020 | Version Accepted pre-print
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Work-in-Progress—A Learning Experience Design for Immersive Virtual Reality in Physics Classrooms

  • 1. Research Center on Interactive Media, Smart Systems & Emerging Technologies, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 2. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA
  • 3. Cyprus Interaction Lab, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus


Immersive VR simulations are argued to support students’ learning of complex scientific concepts due to the use of realistic graphics and interactions to represent scientific phenomena that students can hardly experience in everyday life. However, the integration of VR simulations in K-12 science classrooms introduces new challenges due to the lack of learning designs that can inform their effective deployment. As part of this study, we present a technology-integration scenario seeking to introduce an immersive VR simulation in physics lessons to support high-school students’ understanding of Special Theory of Relativity. We evaluate the learning experience in terms of the learners’ perceptions of technology integration and their conceptual learning gains. We conclude by reflecting on our findings about the enacted technology-integration scenario.


This work has been partly supported by the project that has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 739578 (RISE – Call: H2020-WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017-TeamingPhase2) and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus through the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy.


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RISE – Research Center on Interactive Media, Smart System and Emerging Technologies 739578
European Commission