Middle School Students Learn Binary Counting Using Virtual Reality

Eric Nersesian, Margarita Vinnikov, Jessica Ross-Nersesian, Adam Spryszynski, Michael J. Lee

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Abstract

Educational fields that are abstract in nature, such as computer science (CS) and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields may find alternative teaching methods useful to maximize student opportunities to internalize and process the curriculum. When designing alternative educational tools in virtual reality (VR) technologies, the objective is to expose an academically diverse population to CS in an engaging and immersive environment. With this objective in mind, we built and tested a CS educational VR experience, CSpresso, designed to teach students to count in a binary (base-2) number system. Testing confirmed that the student group who learned to count binary in VR were just as successful as those who learned from a certified CS instructor. This shows that VR educational experiences can be used as alternative teaching tools in CS education, which can supplement traditional teaching methods enabling new learning methods for students in the classroom and at home. We believe that this is evidence to support a larger effort in adapting the current CS education system to meet the needs of a more diverse student body that may find alternative teaching tools useful in internalizing abstract concepts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2020 9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728175201
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020
Event9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2020 - Princeton, United States
Duration: Aug 1 2020 → …

Publication series

Name2020 9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2020
Volume2020-January

Conference

Conference9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2020
CountryUnited States
CityPrinceton
Period8/1/20 → …

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Education

Keywords

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

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