What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented reality (AR), a capability that has been around for decades, has shifted from what was once seen as a gimmick to a tool with tremendous potential. The layering of information over 3D space produces a new experience of the world, sometimes referred to as “blended reality,” and is fueling the broader migration of computing from the desktop to the mobile device, bringing with it new expectations regarding access to information and new opportunities for learning. While the most prevalent uses of augmented reality so far have been in the consumer sector (for marketing, social engagement, amusement, or location-based information), new uses seem to emerge almost daily, as tools for creating new applications become even easier to use. A key characteristic of augmented reality is its ability to respond to user input, which confers significant potential for learning and assessment; with it, learners can construct new understanding based on interactions with virtual objects that bring underlying data to life. Dynamic processes, extensive datasets, and objects too large or too small to be manipulated can be brought into a learner’s personal space at a scale and in a form easy to understand and work with.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Augmented reality can be used in pre-service teacher education. QR codes can be used for treasure hunt activity.- ateskan ateskan Oct 17, 2014
  • Mobile devices with augmented reality apps could be used in medicine faculties via scanning a part of their own body and getting more information about it.- ateskan ateskan Oct 17, 2014
  • Just about to embark on A Google Glass project at the University of Leeds. This time next year I should have some research-based insights to share. U til then, it is all just potential... - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 27, 2014
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on higher education?

  • Potential impact of this technology on higher education is saving time and energy and be a motivator for students.- ateskan ateskan Oct 25, 2014
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • I am working on "use of QR codes in education".- ateskan ateskan Oct 17, 2014
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