Integration of Virtual Reality in Secondary STEM Education

Eric Nersesian, Adam Spryszynski, Michael J. Lee

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9 Scopus citations

Abstract

While the next generation of educational technologies (ET), such as monitor-based (MB) and virtual reality (VR) applications, are still in their infancy, they do show promise for improving education. In this study, we compared MB and VR educational technologies as alternative supplemental learning environments to traditional classroom instruction using lectures, textbooks, and physical labs. We conducted the study in four high school chemistry classes, as chemistry education is well-suited for visually enhanced explanations for learning abstract concepts, and provides a solid testing situation for current and extended reality ET. Ultimately, this research project serves as a foundation to determine whether ETs have the potential to engage high school students in their STEM classes. Successful integration of ET into the public school system curricula may be a viable solution to engage students in STEM education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages83-90
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728115023
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2019
Event9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2019 - Princeton, United States
Duration: Mar 16 2019 → …

Publication series

Name2019 9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2019

Conference

Conference9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPrinceton
Period3/16/19 → …

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Education

Keywords

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Aided Instruction
  • Educational Technology
  • STEM Education
  • Virtual Reality

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