ERIC Number: EJ1106914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Virtual Learning Environment for Interactive Engagement with Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Pedersen, Mads Kock; Skyum, Birk; Heck, Robert; Müller, Romain; Bason, Mark; Lieberoth, Andreas; Sherson, Jacob F.
Physical Review Physics Education Research, v12 n1 p013102-1-013102-6 Jan-Jun 2016
A virtual learning environment can engage university students in the learning process in ways that the traditional lectures and lab formats cannot. We present our virtual learning environment "StudentResearcher," which incorporates simulations, multiple-choice quizzes, video lectures, and gamification into a learning path for quantum mechanics at the advanced university level. "StudentResearcher" is built upon the experiences gathered from workshops with the citizen science game Quantum Moves at the high-school and university level, where the games were used extensively to illustrate the basic concepts of quantum mechanics. The first test of this new virtual learning environment was a 2014 course in advanced quantum mechanics at Aarhus University with 47 enrolled students. We found increased learning for the students who were more active on the platform independent of their previous performances.
Descriptors: Simulated Environment, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Quantum Mechanics, Computer Simulation, Multiple Choice Tests, Video Technology, Educational Games, College Science, Physics, College Students, Science Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Interaction, Grades (Scholastic), Student Centered Learning, Foreign Countries, Nonparametric Statistics, Statistical Analysis, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark