June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Engineering Physics & Physics
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Assessment of Virtual Physics Lab (VPL) in Summer Course for Pre-college preparation. Varun Kumar Karingula and Hazim El-MounayriABSTRACT:An innovative virtual physics lab (VPL) which was reported in a previous publication is appliedand assessed in the current work. The VPL uses high end multi-media and realistic virtual realityenvironment to provide an integrated platform for highly effective learning of Physics. Featuresinclude fully automated content delivery using text-to-text speech technology, highly visualcourse presentation using animated 2D and 3D illustrations of lectures, interactive 3Dexperiments, and virtual physics instructor for teaching, training and assistance. Also, the VPLprovides game like navigation which is very appealing to the new generation of students, so thatthey can learn basic physics concepts in more engaging and “fun” way. In this work, the tool isused to support the Upward Bound program at IUPUI. Upward Bound is a federally fundedTRIO educational program within the United States, which serves high school students fromlow-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. One ofthe summer courses offered to those students is Physics. Traditionally, the course was offeredwithout a lab and students had difficulty understanding the concepts. To address this issue, theVPL was used and integrated into the course in a unique and innovative way. In fact, lectureconcepts were linked to virtual lab experiment, and each live lecture was followed by the virtuallab. Students were given pre- and post- test as part of the virtual lab session. Data is collectedand analyzed to assess the effectiveness of the VPL. In general, a consistent improvement due tothe training and practice in the virtual lab is observed. The VPL presents itself as a viable tool forhigh school students who can better prepare for college physics in cost-effective, easilyaccessible, and effective way.
Karingula, V. K., & El-Mounayri, H. A., & Wasfy, T. M., & Wasfy, H. M., & Peters, J. M. (2013, June), Assessment of Virtual Physics Lab (VPL) in summer course for pre-college preparation. Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19243
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