Evaluating Virtual Reality Field Trips for Facilitation of Learning About Climate Change

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This study investigated the use of Virtual Reality (VR) to facilitate learning and knowledge gains toward climate change in a controlled laboratory setting. Participants in this study will either experience an immersive underwater world, read a transcript, or participant in a desktop activity. In the experiment, participants will be completing a questionnaire before and after the interaction to measure the results of their learning outcomes. The research designated to VR Field Trips have only been evaluated in a handful of studies, but the results are encouraging. The study will include a single variance analysis; one-way analyses of variance, and correlation coefficients were used to analyze the data. The results of the study might contribute to positive change by increasing students' opportunities to actively experience VR and promote better virtual designs that reinforce the visual learning process. The goal of this paper is to further evaluate the impact of "virtual field trips" on learning outcomes and further understand the overall purpose of VR used as a learning tool.

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Michael Granaas

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