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Chemistry Experiments in Virtual Worlds
16/03/2018 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT
Photo: VWBPE Lecture hall A
Wendy L. Keeney-Kennicutt/Julia Tiraxibar (Avatar)
Educators and Trainers
The design, implementation and assessment of college-level chemistry experiments conducted in Second Life suggest that VWs can be effective for teaching chemistry laboratory. In this pilot study, 55 students successfully completed two virtual experiments and showed learning gains similar to 67 students who performed identical real world experiments, as shown by pre/post quizzes and a practicum. Students held positive views of their virtual experience; teaching assistants had mixed opinions.
Participants will be able to better translate a physical lab experience to VR for students and TAs.