July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
The (Augmented) World is Our Campus In 1966, the graduating class at a large private university presented the university with a 6-ft diameter geophysical relief globe as its parting gift. Over the next 50 years the globe had several homes on campus, finally ending up as a display on the science floor of the main library. In 2018, a librarian began considering how to refresh the aging exhibit and soon found his answer from two engineering students. When these students proposed using augmented reality (AR) to create a more engaging and educational experience for patrons, the endless possibilities for this exhibit were quite appealing, so the library funded initial work. In order to make the experience more immersive, the developers decided to use a headset-based AR experience as opposed to one based on a mobile device or notebook. Just prior to the spread of the pandemic to the US, an AR experience had been built and initially tested with a group of students and faculty. This experience, an interactive journey into the Earth’s magnetosphere, utilizes some of the educational affordances of the technology to remove physical barriers of time and space in order to help patrons learn. This paper summarizes the development efforts that have been put towards refreshing this exhibit, which are still in progress. It considers the choice of headset- and mobile-based systems, discusses key development hurdles, and summarizes practical applications for this technology in a library setting. This unique application of AR offers many opportunities to enhance learning about our world and provide students with greater exposure to this emerging technology. It also may serve as a model of how AR can be utilized in the classroom to teach abstract principles, and other challenging conceptual knowledge for which the affordances of AR are suited.
Pixton, D. S., & Landetta, J. A. (2021, July), The (Augmented) World Is Our Campus Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37833
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