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Binding Virtual Molecules Sounds Good!: Exploring a Novel Way to Convey Molecular Bonding to Students.
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, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-46-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This paper describes a doctoral research that explores a novel way to convey molecular bonding to students by using a multimodal virtual environment system. Twenty-four chemistry students participated in an exploratory experiment to see if non-speech sounds (musical sounds and natural sound effects that represent information) played as feedback and informative aide in a virtual environment, along with 3D visualization of molecular structure, are useful to support molecular bonding understanding. The experiment consisted of four counterbalanced conditions where participants bound virtual molecules in a desktop virtual environment by using a 3D mouse and listening to sounds and visualizing molecular structures in stereo, as well as using a plastic model set. Results indicated positive outcomes from usability and performance analyses, where non-speech sounds were useful to support molecular bonding understanding.

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Garcia-Ruiz, M. (2002). Binding Virtual Molecules Sounds Good!: Exploring a Novel Way to Convey Molecular Bonding to Students. In M. Driscoll & T. Reeves (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2002--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1489-1492). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 10, 2021 from .

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