Development of an immersive simulator for improving student chemistry learning efficiency

Shan Jin, Yuyang Wang, Lik Hang Lee, Xinyi Luo, Pan Hui

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Abstract

Virtual reality (VR) technology has been used for educational purposes in different learning contents during teaching and training. VR could improve users' learning efficiency and motivation to study abstract concepts. This work designed a VR environment for chemistry education to support computer-mediated hands-on exercises, including Self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) and Electrode sheet fabrication (ESF). In our evaluation with 39 participants who wore heart beat measurement wearables, we compared the students' performances in hands-on chemistry tasks, either with or without score-keeping and time-sensitive conditions. Accordingly, we designed questionnaires reflecting sixteen qualitative aspects (e.g., content, perspicuity, and interaction) and perceived user workloads. The experimental results indicate participants' preferences and attitudes in terms of efficiency and sense of safety. 94.87% of participants reported that the learning simulator could improve learning efficiency, and 92.31% of the participants indicated that it can improve their sense of safety. The results of the data analysis show that the different learning scenarios we simulated have positive significance. Our findings shed light on the quality and learning performance of operational skills for chemistry education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction, VINCI 2023
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9798400707513
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023
Event16th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction, VINCI 2023 - Guangzhou, China
Duration: 22 Sept 202324 Sept 2023

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference16th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction, VINCI 2023
Country/TerritoryChina
CityGuangzhou
Period22/09/2324/09/23

Keywords

  • Chemistry Learning
  • Simulator
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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