The development of a virtual world for learning newtonian mechanics

  • Christopher J. Dede
  • Marilyn Salzman
  • R. Bowen Loftin
3 New Technologies for Virtual Reality
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1077)


We are collaboratively designing “ScienceSpace,” a collection of virtual worlds designed to explore the potential utility of physical immersion and multisensory perception to enhance science education. This paper describes the creation and formative evaluation of NewtonWorld, a virtual environment for investigating the kinematics and dynamics of one-dimensional motion. Through this research, we are developing design heuristics, assessment methodologies, and insights about multisensory learning generalizable to a wide range of educational environments. We are also gaining an understanding the strengths and weaknesses of virtual reality as a vehicle for learning.


Virtual Reality Virtual Environment Virtual World Haptic Feedback Multimodal Interface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher J. Dede
    • 1
  • Marilyn Salzman
    • 1
  • R. Bowen Loftin
    • 2
  1. 1.George Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  2. 2.University of HoustonHoustonUSA

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