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MDX Dubai students use Augmented Reality technology

18/04/2017

Middlesex University Dubai students studying International Foundation Programme (IFP) use Augmented Reality technology for a poster on presentation skills.

The use of Augmented Reality (AR) in education is changing the way students interact with knowledge. When study materials start speaking to students through audio visual stimulation, increased learning engagement becomes an easier target. Augmented reality experiences can be used to add another dimension students’ learning, particularly if they are not only on the receiving end but also as co-creators of knowledge.

In an attempt to make IFP students more familiar with the marking criteria of their upcoming assessment of presentation skills (S1), AR was used to create a mind map poster with particular AR codes. Upon scanning these codes with mobile digital devices, video demonstration with real life examples are displayed on screen. What is an added effect, is the fact that students can zoom in with their devices and can slightly turn the screen left, right, up or down to focus on certain parts of the display. Feedback from students showed that they appreciate having a chance to see examples of what is required of them which helped them in the preparation for their own assessment.There is high potential for this technology particularly when used by students in creating their own representations of knowledge.

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