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Design and Development of Augmented Reality Engineering Expeditions - Innovations in Online Engineering Education

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ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference


Waco, Texas

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March 24, 2021

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March 24, 2021

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March 26, 2021

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Araceli Martinez Ortiz Texas State University

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Araceli Martinez Ortiz, PhD., is Research Associate Professor of Engineering Education in the College of Education at Texas State University. She leads a comprehensive research agenda related to issues of curriculum and instruction in engineering education, motivation and preparation of under served populations of students and teachers and in assessing the impact of operationalizing culturally responsive teaching in the STEM classroom. As executive director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, she collaborates on various state and national STEM education programs and is PI on major grant initiatives through NASA MUREP and NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education and NSF DUE . Araceli holds Engineering degrees from The University of Michigan and Kettering University. She holds a Masters degree in Education from Michigan State and a PhD in Engineering Education from Tufts University.

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Bobbi J. Spencer Texas State University

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B.J. Spencer, Ph.D.

Dr. Spencer is an Assistant of Professor of Practice and the Construction Science and Management (CSM) Program Coordinator in the Department of Engineering Technology at Texas State University where she focuses on the architectural courses, VDCO, and is the internship coordinator. In 2017, she obtained her Ph.D. in Education from Texas State University with the emphasis on professional education. A registered Architect in the State of Texas, she received a Master of Architecture from Texas A&M University in 2007 where she participated in a study abroad semester at the Universita della Svizzera italiana, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland following 23 years of industry experience in architecture and construction.

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Cindy Rojas

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This paper presents a framework for the design of augmented reality expeditions in engineering education settings to motivate student learning of engineering fundamentals and careers. The impact of social distancing has been significant for students of all ages and there is a great need for additional and creative online learning resources. The engineering field has an opportunity to not only motivate and support student learning, but to do so by featuring the very innovative nature of engineering as a tool to develop those experiences. A case study regarding the development of NASA-themed aeronautics virtual tours and virtual field trips highlights the capabilities of various software technologies and offers design considerations. The three developed virtual expeditions serve as an opportunity to engage and educate high school and university students. A research plan to collect student feedback on these experiences is also presented.

Ortiz, A. M., & Spencer, B. J., & Rojas, C. (2021, March), Design and Development of Augmented Reality Engineering Expeditions - Innovations in Online Engineering Education Paper presented at ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference, Waco, Texas.

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