Collaborative augmented reality in schools

Lyn Pemberton, Marcus Winter

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Abstract

Augmented Reality as an interactive real-time technology combining real and virtual objects in a real 3D space carries enormous educational potential. We describe a project (ARISE: Augmented Reality in School Environments) that aims to realise this potential by developing a collaborative, robust and affordable Augmented Reality learning platform for schools. The learning affordances of Augmented Reality are discussed, and an educational application is described that supports remote collaboration between students in a shared 3D workspace, where students from different countries present, discuss and manipulate virtual objects relating to their local culture. The evaluation of the application is based on a distributed summer school project involving students from two European countries. In addition to more conventional evaluation approaches, special requirements for evaluating remote collaboration in a shared Augmented Reality workspace have been met with a customised approach involving synchronised video observations in both locations with subsequent editing of the material into and a single screen giving a comprehensive overview of the collaboration from both ends. The results of the evaluation study are currently being analysed, but preliminary findings suggest that the Augmented Reality learning platform has been well received by students and teachers, and is well suited for remote collaborative learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Supported Collaborative Learning Practices - CSCL2009 Conference Proceedings
EditorsC. O’Malley, D. Suthers, P. Reimann, A. Dimitracopoulou
Pages109-111
Number of pages3
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2009
EventComputer Supported Collaborative Learning Practices - CSCL2009 Conference Proceedings - University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece, 2009
Duration: 8 Jun 2009 → …

Conference

ConferenceComputer Supported Collaborative Learning Practices - CSCL2009 Conference Proceedings
Period8/06/09 → …

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