Virtual Learning Through PhET Interactive Simulation: A Proactive Approach in Improving Students’ Academic Achievement in Science
12 Pages Posted: 13 May 2018
Date Written: April 21, 2018
This study aimed to explore a teaching approach that would enhance academic achievement of students in science. An offline mode virtual learning environment through PhET interactive simulations was employed in the randomly selected pilot DepEd Computerization Program (DCP) recipient rural & urban schools in the Division of Cagayan de Oro City for SY 2016-2017. It was descriptive in nature involving both qualitative and quantitative analyses. The instruments used in the study were the PhET software in partnership with the University of Colorado-Physics Department, strategic intervention materials, achievement test which was administered pretest-posttest and in-depth interview which was employed to determine the learning experience of the students. Findings revealed that the students achieved satisfactory academic achievement after exposure to virtual learning. There was statistically significant difference on the academic achievement level of students in the pretest-posttest both urban and rural schools. It was disclosed that there was no statistically significant difference when compared the posttest scores of both rural and urban schools. Virtual learning as a tool in improving knowledge and skills motivates students to learn. Students’ have enjoyed the virtual world through PhET learning experience. The researchers recommend science teachers may use this teaching approach to enhance conceptual understanding, process and technology skills among students.
Keywords: virtual learning environment, academic achievement, science learning
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