Wong is a first-year doctoral student specializing in Teaching, Learning, and Educational Improvement (TLEI). His GRFP research is titled “Virtual and Augmented Reality in NGSS STEM Education: Exploring Inquiry-based Learning Frameworks through Immersive Field Trips in Elementary Science Instruction.”
“I am interested in the cognitive mechanisms underlying how instructional media technologies such as immersive VR, AR, and digital interactivity can improve student motivation, increase content acquisition, and facilitate cognitive transfer,” Wong said.
Wong’s study will experimentally test the effectiveness of low-cost cardboard VR/AR simulations guided by IBL frameworks, utilizing transformative technologies to bridge the literature on digital media, cognition, and STEM education.
“My intervention consists of a VR field trip where students are transported to scientific phenomena around California, placing students right in the middle of geologic features such as slot canyons, waterfalls, and lakes,” Wong said. “Students then interact with AR by solving puzzles, answering questions, and using gestures to experience scientific inquiry through an innovative and entertaining content delivery platform.”
Wong’s career goal is bridging together his passion for digital media with science education to design effective immersive learning experiences representative of today’s student learning behaviors.
He is advised by Associate Professor Lindsey Richland.
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