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VIRTUAL AND AUGMENTED REALITY AS A WAY TO DEVELOP SPATIAL ABILITY IN CHEMISTRY

Research project Digital tools are often used in everyday life, and even though technology is available almost everywhere, an implementation of digital tools for educational purposes has to enable teaching and learning to become meaningful. In this design-based research project, digital techniques are studied to explore university chemistry students' spatial ability.

Within chemistry, the cognitive aspect of learning is partly related to spatial ability, that is, the mental move between 2D and 3D representations when visualising representations of atoms, molecules, and reaction mechanisms. The purpose of this project is to explore how university chemistry students develop their spatial ability when applying digital techniques as Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR & AR), how the students VR and AR, and how these tools can influence students’ interest and learning.

Head of project

Karolina Broman
Associate professor
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Project overview

Project period:

Start date: 2021-01-01

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Science and Mathematics Education