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  Session: Technologies
  Paper Type: Poster
  Title: Using Two Simulation Tools to Teach Concepts in Introductory Astronomy
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 9:15PM
  Author: Pamela A. Maher,, University of Nevada, Las Vegas,
702-875-1375, maherp@unlv.nevada.edu
  Co-Author(s): Janelle M. Bailey
  Abstract: This poster describes design-based research examining affordances and constraints of two simulation tools for use in introductory college astronomy courses. We seek to understand the variety of experiences students have using two tools: a virtual reality headset and a motion sensor device used to manipulate a lunar flyby. The sample size of this mixed methods study is N = 65 participants drawn from two semesters of classes at a two year college. Each participant engaged in a treatment manipulating a lunar flyby using a virtual reality headset in the virtual reality laboratory and then manipulating a lunar flyby using a motion sensor device in the college planetarium. Data collected in post-treatment questionnaires using Likert-type scales and mini-interviews in focus group settings is are currently being analyzed for salient themes using horizontalization informed by a theoretical framework of phenomenography to identify the variety of participant experiences.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: MaherAAPT2017.pptx

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