Developing a virtual physics world

Wegener, Margaret, McIntyre, Timothy J., McGrath, Dominic, Savage, Craig M. and Williamson, Michael (2012) Developing a virtual physics world. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 28 3: 504-521.

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Author Wegener, Margaret
McIntyre, Timothy J.
McGrath, Dominic
Savage, Craig M.
Williamson, Michael
Title Developing a virtual physics world
Journal name Australasian Journal of Educational Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1449-3098
Publication date 2012-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 28
Issue 3
Start page 504
End page 521
Total pages 18
Place of publication Figtree, NSW, Australia
Publisher A S C I L I T E
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In this article, the successful implementation of a development cycle for a physics
teaching package based on game-like virtual reality software is reported. The cycle
involved several iterations of evaluating students' use of the package followed by
instructional and software development. The evaluation used a variety of techniques,
including ethnographic observation, surveys, student focus groups and conventional
assessment. The teaching package included a laboratory manual, instructional support
materials and the Real Time Relativity software that simulates a world obeying special
relativistic physics. Although the iterative development cycle was time consuming
and costly, it gave rise to substantial improvements in the software user interface and
in the students' learning experience.
Keyword Special relativity
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