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Research seminar at the University of Brighton presenting the ARISE project.
Here's the abstract:
Augmented Reality (AR) has a range of affordances that resonate with learning theory. Reflecting the early stage of the technology however, much existing research into AR focuses on technical issues and is based on prototype systems not suitable for end user deployment.
This presentation gives an insight into experiences gained in the European ARiSE (Augmented Reality in School Environments) project, which aims to develop a robust and affordable AR teaching platform suitable for deployment in schools.
In order to evaluate the tabletop AR learning platform, three consecutive prototypes of educational applications were produced, each reflecting the evolving technological capabilities of the platform and addressing different pedagogical approaches. These ranged from process visualisation in a human biology setting based on behaviourist and cognitive approaches, through guided construction of chemical elements based on constructivist ideas, to knowledge creation through communication and negotiation of meaning around cultural heritage objects with peers from another country, based on theories of social learning. The first two applications have been evaluated in summer schools involving video observations and interviews with secondary school students from Romania, Latvia and Germany.
Preliminary results indicate a high acceptance rate for the AR learning platform amongst students. The main advantages were seen in the 3D visualisation capabilities and the haptic user interface, which led to increased motivation, better concentration during learning activities, and faster and more accurate understanding of the learning content. Balancing these positive results were technical and usability issues that had a negative impact on the learning process.