Molypoly: A 3D immersive gesture controlled approach to visuo-spatial learning of organic chemistry

Winyu Chinthammit, Soo Jeong Yoo, Callum Parker, Susan Turland, Scott Pedersen, Wai Tat Fu

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Currently, first-year chemistry students learn about three-dimensional molecular structures using a combination of lectures, tutorials, and practical hands-on experience with molecular chemistry kits. We have developed a basic 3D molecule construction simulation, called MolyPoly. The system was designed to augment the teaching of organic chemistry by helping students grasp the concepts of chemistry through visualisation in an immersive environment, 3D natural interaction, and audio lesson feedback. This paper presents the results of a pilot study conducted with a first-year chemistry class at the University of Tasmania. Participating students were split into two groups: MolyPoly group (no lecturer in the sessions) and traditional classroom group during the four insemester classroom sessions over a period of two weeks. We present our comparative analyses over the knowledge-based pretest and posttest of the two groups, by discussing the overall improvement as well as investigating the improvement over the test questions with different knowledge difficulty levels and different required spatial knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer-Human Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationCognitive Effects of Spatial Interaction, Learning, and Ability - 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2013, Revised and Extended Papers
EditorsTheodor Wyeld, Paul Calder, Haifeng Shen
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783319169392
StatePublished - 2015
Event25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2013 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: Nov 25 2013Nov 29 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2013


  • Gesture controlled
  • Immersive environment
  • Organic chemistry
  • Visuo-spatial reasoning and learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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