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Virtual Reality and Zoom in combination to visualise chemical structures and develop students' spatial ability during the Corona pandemic
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education. (UmSER)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7688-651X
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2523-1940
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3927-6197
2021 (English)In: Den 8:e utvecklingskonferensen för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar: Detaljerat program, Karlstads universitet , 2021Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In chemistry education, students need to develop their competence to visualise chemical structures and reaction mechanisms, for example, to be able to predict how chemical compounds react. As a chemistry or biotechnology engineering student, this competence needs to be practiced. In our project, students have since 2018 used Virtual Reality (VR) to learn to “see” chemistry, and to move between 2D and 3D representations, i.e., spatial ability or spatial thinking. During the Corona pandemic, several teaching challenges have had to be handled, and Zoom has become the most common teaching and communication platform in Sweden. When combining VR with Zoom, students had a possibility to develop their spatial ability even though distance teaching, something described in this paper. The combination of VR and Zoom is explored further for future teaching implications even post-Covid.

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Karlstads universitet , 2021.
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didactics of chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-189154OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-189154DiVA, id: diva2:1614542
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8:e Utvecklingskonferensen för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar, Karlstads universitet, 24-25 november, 2021
Available from: 2021-11-25 Created: 2021-11-25 Last updated: 2021-11-26Bibliographically approved

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