Derek Woodgate’s joint research published by Springer:
Children’s Interactions Within a Virtual Reality Environment for Learning Chemistry
- Ghislain Maurice N. Isabwe
- Margrethe Moxnes
- Marie Ristesund
- Derek Woodgate
This paper presents a virtual reality based solution for learning. Multimodal interactions are proposed to support students’ engagement through active experimentation and reflective observation. Students tasks are provided within an immersive virtual outdoor environment created using a human-centred design approach. Junior high school teachers and students between ages 14 and 16 were involved in design and test activities. Observations, video recordings, and interviews were used in data collection. Three interaction modalities were provided and tested: visual, auditory and kinesthetic/tangible interactions. The students involved in user testing showed great interest to learn in such an environment as they can be supported through multi-modal interactions. The solution is fun to use and provides a satisfying learning experience. The results suggest that virtual reality technology can be an invaluable resource for experiential learning of abstract concepts such as chemistry.