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Learning Abstract Physics System with a 3-D Force Feedback Joystick
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, , , Teachers College, Columbia University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lisbon, Portugal ISBN 978-1-880094-89-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

This paper describes a study on the teaching of abstract physics systems to elementary school students using Novint Falcon, a 3-D force feedback joystick. Students were asked to learn the law of conservation of energy, an abstract physics system that contains several different abstract physics concepts, by using the Novint Falcon to interact with a Flash simulation that incorporates direct-manipulation animation (DMA). The goal of this study is to examine whether the force feedback experience that is consistent with the orientation of movements in a DMA Flash simulation provides a better multimodal representation than a DMA Flash simulation without the force feedback experience. This multimodal representation supports an embodied experience that will lead to the construction of a better mental model for the learning and understanding of abstract physics systems.

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Huang, S.C., Vea, T. & Black, J. (2011). Learning Abstract Physics System with a 3-D Force Feedback Joystick. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2011--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1618-1623). Lisbon, Portugal: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 15, 2019 from .

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