Published Thursday 25 October 2012
It's easy to be amazed by the slick adaptations of Augmented Reality (AR) we see in advertising, but is there something in this flashy technology that can really benefit teaching and learning?
Steve Boneham was one of the speakers pondering questions like this at the JISC-funded Augmented Reality in Education conference last Friday in London.
There's a lot of hype around augmented reality and the potential is definitely there but, like with any other technology, it's important that the motivation to use it [in education] comes from teaching and learning, Steve said.
Steve's talk, The Vision and the Reality, considered the design of AR to enable both a good user and learning experience.
Sometimes AR can seem to be a bit over-engineered way to simply view content. I think we can move beyond that and start to design some genuinely innovative educational experiences.
I want to help people make use of new technologies but focus on the pedagogy and the end users – what is the value added to learning by the technology and how do we design AR experiences to create something really useful for them?
In addition to his talk, Steve enjoyed listening to the other presentations and demos.
To me, there's huge potential in AR. We see innovative uses of AR elsewhere and I think education can learn from them and also improve on them to create something meaningful.
For education, the turning point might come when we use AR to collaborate – to co-exist in a mobile augmented space.
Follow the link below to read more about the event.
Find out more: http://blogs.city.ac.uk/care/ar-event/