Wednesday, March 31
11:30-11:45 AM
EDT
Room 8

Effectiveness of Virtual Reality (VR) in Learning and Teaching Environments with Spatial Frameworks

Brief Paper (Live Presentation) ID: 58708
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    Parviz Safadel
    Texas Tech University LibrariesInformatics Media lab
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    David White
    Texas Tech University
  3. Atina Kia
    Texas Tech University

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of virtual reality (VR) in teaching environments that have spatial frameworks such as in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Undergraduates and graduate students were asked to complete an instructional tutorial about DNA in VR. Results from the questionnaire showed media use and satisfaction to be significantly related. The results also showed a significant interaction between spatial ability levels (low, medium, and high) and media used on students' spatial understanding of the DNA molecules. It may be concluded that VR visualization had a positive compensating impact on students with low spatial ability.

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