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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. In: e-LEOT 2015, 16 - 18 September 2015, Novodrate, Italy, 110-117.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-28883-3_14


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, enhanced student engagement and a greater awareness of the value of transferable skills.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:STEM; Professional development; Academic skills; Student engagement; Augmented reality; BYOD
Group:University Executive Team
ID Code:23475
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:09 May 2016 09:17
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:56


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