Using Augmented Reality to engage STEM students with an authentic curriculum

Hobbs, M. and Holley, D. (2016) Using Augmented Reality to engage STEM students with an authentic curriculum. EAI Endorsed Transactions on e-Learning, 3 (11): 2. ISSN 2032-9253

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Abstract

This paper reports on the introduction of a set of 'Augmented Reality' (AR) tasks, offering an innovative, real world and problem based set of activities for a group of first year University Gaming and Computer Science students. Our initial research identifies a gap in the perceptions of STEM students between the usefulness of discipline based modules and a compulsory 'Professional Development' module where more ‘employability’ based skills were delivered. It had a history of poor student engagement and attendance, and failed to provide a compelling narrative/links to the outside world. The AR tasks were designed to facilitate group-working and multi-channel communication, and to engage students through the use of a more creative technology. Framed as a rich case study, insights are captured through student blogs, video interviews and a questionnaire. Initial findings indicate higher levels of satisfaction and an appreciation of groupwork tasks, enhanced student engagement and a greater awareness of the value of transferable skills.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: STEM, PDP, Academic skills, Student engagement, Augmented Reality, BYOD
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Depositing User: EAI Editor I.
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2020 09:23
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2020 09:23
URI: https://eprints.eudl.eu/id/eprint/418

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