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.
Georgiou et al. 2020 (iLRN 2020 -Pre-Print version) (1).pdf