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Abstract Title: Design and student experience of novel physics systems delivered in virtual reality labs
Abstract: The University of Washington (UW) Physics Education Group is creating virtual reality (VR) lab environments that simulate "novel" physical phenomena that do not exist in the real world but follow laws that can be modeled using techniques accessible to first-year physics laboratory students. Presenting these novel phenomena in VR provides an opportunity for authentic model-generating activities in introductory labs while retaining key components of in-person labs such as hands-on interaction, measurement uncertainty, and opportunities to build teamwork skills. This talk describes in detail the development of and students' experience modeling one such novel phenomenon, identifying the scientific reasoning skills students bring to bear in the absence of any expected experimental outcome and highlighting opportunities for this technique to build those skills.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Recent results on the classroom effectiveness of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technology

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jared Canright
University of Washington