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An Investigation of the Impact of Haptics for Promoting Understanding of Difficult Concepts in Cell Biology

verfasst von: Mary Webb, Megan Tracey, William Harwin, Ozan Tokatli, Faustina Hwang, Natasha Barrett, Chris Jones, Ros Johnson

Erschienen in: Empowering Learners for Life in the Digital Age

Verlag: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

This paper reports on a study which investigated whether the addition of haptics (virtual touch) to a three-dimensional (3D) virtual reality (VR) simulation promotes learning of key concepts in biology for students aged 12 to 13 years. We developed a virtual model of a section of the cell membrane and a haptic-enabled interface that allows students to interact with the model and to manipulate objects in the model. Students, in two schools in England, worked collaboratively on activities, in pairs, designed to support learning of key difficult concepts. These concepts included the dynamic nature of the cell membrane, passive diffusion and facilitated diffusion. Findings from observation of the activities and student interviews revealed that students were very positive about using the system and believed that being able to feel structures and movements within the model assisted their learning. Results of pre- and post-tests of conceptual knowledge showed significant knowledge gains but there were no significant differences between the haptic and non-haptic condition.
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Metadaten
Titel
An Investigation of the Impact of Haptics for Promoting Understanding of Difficult Concepts in Cell Biology
verfasst von
Mary Webb
Megan Tracey
William Harwin
Ozan Tokatli
Faustina Hwang
Natasha Barrett
Chris Jones
Ros Johnson
Copyright-Jahr
2019
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23513-0_20

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