Learning Molecular Interaction Concepts through Haptic Protein Visualization

Petter Bivall Persson
Department of Science and Technology, Linköping University, Sweden

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Ingår i: SIGRAD 2008. The Annual SIGRAD Conference Special Theme: Interaction; November 27-28; 2008 Stockholm; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 34:6, s. 17-19

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Publicerad: 2008-11-27


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


The use of haptics is growing in the area of science education. Haptics appears to convey information to students in a manner that influences their learning and ways of thinking. This document outlines examples of how haptics has been employed in science education contexts and gives a more detailed description of an education oriented evaluation of a haptic protein-ligand docking system. In molecular life science; students need to grasp several complex concepts to understand molecular interactions. Research on how haptics influences students’ learning show strong positive affective responses and; in the protein-ligand docking case; that reasoning with respect to molecular processes is altered. However; since many implications of using haptics in education are still unknown; more research is needed.

CR Categories: H.5.1 [Information Interfaces and Presentation]: Multimedia Information Systems—Artificial; augmented; and virtual realities; H.5.2 [Information Interfaces and Presentation]: User Interfaces—Haptic I/O; K3.1 [Computer Uses in Education]: Computer-assisted instruction— [H.3.4]: Systems and Software—Performance evaluation (efficiency and effectiveness)


Haptics; molecular visualization; science education research; protein-ligand docking


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