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Makransky, Guido; Borre-Gude, Stefan; Mayer, Richard E. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2019
The main objective of this study was to examine the effectiveness of immersive virtual reality (VR) as a medium for delivering laboratory safety training. We specifically compare an immersive VR simulation, a desktop VR simulation, and a conventional safety manual. The sample included 105 first year undergraduate engineering students (56 females).…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Self Efficacy, Learning Motivation, Comparative Analysis
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Makransky, Guido; Wismer, Philip; Mayer, Richard E. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2019
The main objective of this study is to determine whether boys and girls learn better when the characteristics of the pedagogical agent are matched to the gender of the learner while learning in immersive virtual reality (VR). Sixty-six middle school students (33 females) were randomly assigned to learn about laboratory safety with one of two…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Gender Differences, Computer Simulation