June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Computers in Education
As technology in the classroom gains popularity, the interest in virtual reality (VR) in education continues to grow. Benefits of using VR in the classroom include creating hands-on experiences for taught concepts and reaching more learning styles in students. This research aimed to create an educational VR environment teaching aid for petroleum engineering students to visually and spatially examine the results of calculated well trajectory drills. A study to examine the effectiveness of VR was performed on two student groups (VR Aided vs. Non-VR Aided). The research team’s goal was to answer if wellbore trajectory quizzes and homework assignment scores would be higher for VR aided students, if VR aided students’ overall cognitive workload would be lower than the non-VR aided students in regards to completing the wellbore assignment, and if the VR teaching aid would be considered positively in regards to enhancing understanding of calculating wellbore trajectory. Each group of students were taught the same lecture in a traditional classroom setting on the concepts of wellbore trajectory. Then the separated groups were given the same homework assignment and asked to manually solve for 3D well trajectory data. The non-VR group was asked to use Microsoft Excel to apply conversion formulas and determine the 3D well trajectories without a 3D visual aid. The VR group was asked to utilize the VR environment to visualize the 3D well trajectory path. Both groups compared their final results to the known solution. The paper will give an overview of the VR environment, how students interacted with the environment, and the results of the study.
Mirabolghasemi, M., & Hamilton, M. A., & Jones, P., & Cole, D., & Wall , E. S., & Jaradat, R. (2019, June), Understanding the Effectiveness of Using VR to Support Teaching Drilling Trajectory Concepts Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33480
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