Paper accepted by CR:PI

Our paper

Exploring the Effects of Geographic Scale on Spatial Learning

with Jiayan Zhao, Mark Simpson, Jan Oliver Wallgrün, Pejman Sajjadi, and Alexander Klippel as authors has been accepted for publication in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications (CR:PI).

The research focuses on related but unstudied issues concerning the impact of visual accessibility of an environment (i.e., geographic scale) on spatial learning. Results indicate that an increased geographic scale, which was accessible through an elevated perspective in this study, can help bridge the performance gap in spatial learning between high- and low-spatial ability participants.

Zhao, J., Simpson, M., Wallgrün, J. O., Sajjadi, P., & Klippel, A. (accepted): Exploring the Effects of Geographic Scale on Spatial Learning. In Cognitive Research: Principles &
Implications.

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Paper focusing on geoscience VFTs accepted at IEEE VR 2020 conference

Our paper

Learning in the field: Comparison of desktop, immersive virtual reality, and actual field trips for place-based STEM education

with Jiayan Zhao, Peter LaFemina, Julia Carr, Pejman Sajjadi, Jan Oliver Wallgrün, and Alexander Klippel as authors has been accepted for the IEEE VR 2020 conference.

This study provides empirical evidence of the potential of virtual field trips to
support and enhance field-based learning in geoscience education. Specifically, our results revealed a significant positive effect of both desktop and immersive virtual field trips against a traditional field trip on students’ learning experience and perceived learning outcomes.

Zhao, J., LaFemina, P., Carr, J., Sajjadi, P., Wallgrün, J. O., & Klippel, A. (accepted), Learning in the field: Comparison of desktop, immersive virtual reality, and actual field trips for place-based STEM education. 2020 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference.

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Paper accepted at VR (the Journal)

Klippel, A., Zhao, J., Oprean, D., Wallgrün, J. O., Stubbs, C., LaFemina, P. C., & Jackson, K. L. (accepted). The value of being there: Toward a science of immersive virtual field trips. Virtual Reality.

 

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Paper accepted at EuroVR 2019 conference

Our paper

For the Many, Not the One: Designing Low-Cost Joint VR Experiences for Place-Based Learning

with Jan Oliver Wallgrün, Jack (Shen-Kuen) Chang, Jiayan Zhao, Pejman Sajjadi, Danielle Oprean, Thomas B. Murphy, Jennifer Baka, and Alexander Klippel as authors has been accepted for this year’s EuroVR conference taking place in October in Tallinn, Estonia.

The paper describes a study on using a joint multi-user VR experience of a fracking site in Pennsylvania in a class on Energy Policy.

J. O. Wallgrün, S.-K. Chang, J. Zhao, P. Sajjadi, D. Oprean, T. B. Murphy, J. Baka, and A. Klippel (to appear). For the Many, Not the One: Designing Low-Cost Joint VR Experiences for Place-Based Learning. In P. Bourdot, V. Interrante, L. Nedel, N. Magnenat-Thalmann, G. Zachmann (Eds.) Proceedings of EuroVR 2019 – Scientific track. Springer.
pdf (final draft)

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Alex honored with the Miller Faculty Fellowship

At this year’s Wilson Banquet, Alex was honored with the E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Faculty Fellowship (here with Dean Lee Kump)

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