Water Cycle in Nature – An Innovative Virtual Reality and Virtual Lab: Improving Learning Experience of Primary School Students

Diana Bogusevschi, Gabriel-Miro Muntean

Abstract

A technology-enhanced learning (TEL) application, “Water Cycle in Nature”, that focuses on the physics phenomena part of the natural water cycle and precipitation formation was employed in a small-scale educational pilot carried out in a primary school in Ireland, as part of the European Horizon 2020 NEWTON project. This application contains 3D immersive computer-based virtual reality and experimental laboratory simulations. 58 primary school children took part in this pilot, split in two groups, one control and one experimental, with 29 students in each. The goal of the study presented in this paper was to assess the benefits of the Water Cycle in Nature application both in learner experience and usability and knowledge gain. The results show good outcomes in usability and learner experience. In terms of knowledge gain it has been shown that the excitement of the experimental group students towards the game might have created a barrier in terms of learning improvement and the NEWTON application will serve better as a revision tool.

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Bogusevschi D. and Muntean G. (2019). Water Cycle in Nature – An Innovative Virtual Reality and Virtual Lab: Improving Learning Experience of Primary School Students.In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-367-4, pages 304-309. DOI: 10.5220/0007760803040309


in Bibtex Style

@conference{csedu19,
author={Diana Bogusevschi and Gabriel-Miro Muntean},
title={Water Cycle in Nature – An Innovative Virtual Reality and Virtual Lab: Improving Learning Experience of Primary School Students},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,},
year={2019},
pages={304-309},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0007760803040309},
isbn={978-989-758-367-4},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - Water Cycle in Nature – An Innovative Virtual Reality and Virtual Lab: Improving Learning Experience of Primary School Students
SN - 978-989-758-367-4
AU - Bogusevschi D.
AU - Muntean G.
PY - 2019
SP - 304
EP - 309
DO - 10.5220/0007760803040309