The Team:

Sébastien Wall-Lacelle, Cégep de Saint-Jérôme

Sébastien Wall-Lacelle graduated as a M.Sc. in physics at Université de Montréal.  After working as a research assistant, he started his career as a cégep teacher in 2011.  He quickly gained an interest in the pedagogical aspects of science which led him to assume a prominent role in the deployment of the first active classroom at Cégep de Saint-Jérôme.  He is now working on a Ph.D. in psychopedagogy in the group of Dr. Bruno Poellhuber that aims to characterize the use of virtual reality in cégep science classes.

Christine Marquis, Cégep de Saint-Jérôme

Bruno Poellhuber, Université de Montréal

Bruno Poellhuber is a professor at the education science faculty of Université de Montréal.  He is director of the Centre de pédagogie universitaire and a member of the Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire sur l’intégration pédagogique des TIC.  His research interests are directed towards the use of technological tools to enhance collaboration, teaching, and learning in the CEGEP and university contexts.

 

The Project:

JeshootsSimulations are used in many domains and the literature contains countless studies showing a significant increase in learning when simulations are compared to traditional pedagogy. Therefore, this project proposes to purchase three virtual reality devices to study the effects of virtual laboratory activities on learning, motivation, and engagement in biology CEGEP classes. By exposing students to these simulations and conducting individual and group interviews, we hope to gain insights on the experience of students in a VR simulation that will be invaluable to building pedagogical scenarios around these simulations.

 

October 2018 Update:

For now, we are still waiting to receive the VR devices. In the meanwhile, we are currently in the process of obtaining the institutional and ethical certifications for the project.  As soon as this is completed, which should be in the next two weeks, we will make short presentations in biology classes in order to solicit participants for the study.  Depending on when we receive the devices, the experimentation should begin before the end of November.  The interviews will be conducted during the following week.