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The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty and staff are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research.

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Saturday, March 21 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Investigating Technologies That Help Bridge the Gap between Virtual and Brick and Mortar Learning

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The objective of this session is to investigate the adoption of immersive, online learning technologies (e.g., Oculus Rift) in online learning platforms and their impact on students’ learning outcomes. Educators often lack predictive models that can inform them about the potential adoption of new online learning technologies prior to their implementation. These limitations are further exacerbated in the online education environment, where student feedback is primarily in the form of textual surveys (as opposed to visual feedback in a brick and mortar environment), thereby limiting educators’ ability to understand how these immersive, online learning technologies are being utilized (if at all). Researchers aim to investigate the following research question: Do augmented reality (e.g., Google Glass) and immersive systems (e.g., Oculus Rift) enhance student learning in the online space?

Immersive system: Immersive systems such as the Oculus Rift have the potential to enhance students’ online learning experience by providing them with a more connected visual representation of online content. This is particularly relevant in engineering courses, where 3-D design and augmentation are integral to course objectives (e.g., Solid Works).

Augmented reality system: Unlike immersive systems such as the Oculus Rift, augmented reality systems are not fully immersive and instead provide the user with additional visual information overlays onto their existing physical environment. During online learning activities, researchers will investigate whether the use of augmented reality systems (e.g., Google Glass) enhance student learning during online activities.

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Bryan Dickens

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Penn State University
The Virtual Reality Education Experience.

Conrad Tucker

Assistant Professor of Engineering Design and Indu

Saturday March 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Room 106

Attendees (15)