Proposal Title

Augmented Reality (AR) in the Labs: Using AR Technologies to Enhance Laboratory Learning

Proposal Abstract

By the end of the session participants will have learned how simple augmented reality (AR) tools can be used to enhance laboratory and clinical education. Our secondary objectives are to explain:

1) Which forms of media (if any) seem most effective in enhancing lab-based education and training,

2) How mobile AR technologies can be practically employed in real-world teaching practice,

3) What student’s and instructors perceptions of these tools are, and what added value they may bring to the educational experience, and

4) The advantages and disadvantages of using mobile AR technologies to enhance lab-based clinical skills education and training.

The session will detail a research project completed in 2013-14 to explore the use of mobile AR technologies and evaluate if they can be used to enhance lab-based clinical skills education and training in an undergraduate nursing program. The research team implemented AR tools using smartphones and tablets with the Layar® application to tag various pieces of lab equipment with multimedia resources explaining their use and context,. These were accessed by scanning the equipment or attached labels. A mixed methods evaluation of students and instructors experiences in using the tools was carried out (including web surveys and focus groups).

Location

Room 113

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 27th, 4:00 PM Mar 27th, 5:30 PM

Augmented Reality (AR) in the Labs: Using AR Technologies to Enhance Laboratory Learning

Room 113

By the end of the session participants will have learned how simple augmented reality (AR) tools can be used to enhance laboratory and clinical education. Our secondary objectives are to explain:

1) Which forms of media (if any) seem most effective in enhancing lab-based education and training,

2) How mobile AR technologies can be practically employed in real-world teaching practice,

3) What student’s and instructors perceptions of these tools are, and what added value they may bring to the educational experience, and

4) The advantages and disadvantages of using mobile AR technologies to enhance lab-based clinical skills education and training.

The session will detail a research project completed in 2013-14 to explore the use of mobile AR technologies and evaluate if they can be used to enhance lab-based clinical skills education and training in an undergraduate nursing program. The research team implemented AR tools using smartphones and tablets with the Layar® application to tag various pieces of lab equipment with multimedia resources explaining their use and context,. These were accessed by scanning the equipment or attached labels. A mixed methods evaluation of students and instructors experiences in using the tools was carried out (including web surveys and focus groups).