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SCARLET Making the most of Special Collections



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  • What is AR, examples of use
  • What is AR, examples of use
  • Context and background to the project

SCARLET Making the most of Special Collections SCARLET Making the most of Special Collections Presentation Transcript

  • What is AR?AR uses computer graphicsto add a layer ofinformation on the realworldAims to assistunderstanding and/orinteraction with the worldaround youNatural-feature tracking(physical object) and markerless (GPS coordinates)
  • Raising institutional valueEngaging students with innovativeuse of technologies will helpuniversities to be seen as cuttingedge.Students require moredemonstrative input and engaging E-learning materials, AR can helpachieve this.AR derived e-learning materials offerflexibility to support traditional formof study in parallel with course aimsand objectives.
  • SCARLET contextStudents must consult rarebooks within the controlledconditions of library studyroomsThe objects are isolated fromthe secondary, supportingmaterials and the growingmass of related digital assetsUnfamiliar experience forstudents used to living in anonline world
  • SCARLET aimsProvide method of linkingfragile and rare objects withrelated online resourcesUse AR to enhance thelearner experienceDevelop a methodology thatcan be replicated in othercontexts
  • Benefits for studentsCombining the magic ofseeing and handling primarysources with leading-edgetechnology to supportresearch-led teachingSurrounding objects withcontextual materialUsers retain informationwhen actively involved in alearning experience
  • Multi-disciplinary team Mimas John Rylands LibraryProject management, AR technology Special collections expertise and development, learner expertise, technical integration evaluation and toolkit development with digitised content and special collections materials Academics Award winning academics from Humanities faculty developing and delivering content
  • Pilot coursesPilots in three UG courses:•Italian Studies – Beyond the Text: The Book and its Body•English and American Studies – Milton•Classical Studies – Egypt in the Graeco-Roman World
  • Visual RecognitionTechnology uses visualcues to displaysurrounding content.
  • Dante content development10 key editions of thepoem which areparticularly important interms of the publishingand or/intellectual historyAll published between1472 and 1555
  • Evaluation processVarious evaluation methods(focus groups, surveys)How effective is the AR app inproviding a comparison of the 10selected objects (Dante)?Does AR add value to studentsstudy and assist with learningoutcomes?How can feedback be used toinform the next developmentphase?
  • Feedback final year UGTechnology was easy to useVideo introductions related tospecific objects were mostvaluableProvided a central reference tocontent and resourcesBeneficial for initial planning ofessays and basic knowledgeacquisitionTheir level of expertise madesome content less relevant
  • Feedback 1 year UG stPositive response andSCARLET considered:•‘very inspirational’•‘almost like not studying’Useful introduction tospecial collectionsmaterials
  • Lessons learned: content• Useful for an introduction to a subject, UG 1 & 2• AR may be more suitable when used as part of an activity-based learning exercise• Use of AR should be contextual, closely linked to the object and offer a unique experience• Amount of time required by academics to assist in content development shouldn’t be underestimated
  • Lessons learned: processMulti-disciplinary teamFocus on student learningIterative developmentcycleUser focused design,evaluation and review
  • Wider audienceSCARLET JRUL publicengagement projectHow can AR add value andenhance understanding ofan object at JRUL for thegeneral public?First focus groupconducted April 2012
  • Other subject applicationsEarly discussions withMedical school relating touse in clinical skills. (e.g.trainee doctors,pharmacists, traineedentists etc.)
  • Other subject applicationsUse with otherMimas servicesvisualising data(e.g. Landmap).
  • SCARLET Blog
  • SCARLET toolkitAvailable June 2012Help others to engagewith their users and offernew ways to demonstratethe value of specialcollections across the UKEmbedding toolkit withininstitutions
  • SCARLET+ May 2012 – April 2013•The University of Sussex and the Craft Study Centre atthe University for the Creative Arts•Trial the AR Toolkit with two different types ofcollections (mass observations and visual arts)•Leading to 2 case studies of embedding AR in thewider community and further examples of AR
  • Selected conference presentations• JISC Online Conference Activity Week 2011• ELI 2012 Annual Meeting• UKSG 2012• Electronic Resources and Libraries• CNI meeting• LILAC 2012• m-libraries workshop• ELAG• NOWAL• HEA Conference• CILIPs Mobile Technology Executive Briefing• A number of articles have been published and accessible via the SCARLET blog
  • Find out moreBlog: Twitter: @team_scarlet