Solutions Lab 31: Using Augmented Reality (AR) tools to enhance student learning

Augmented Reality (AR) has a plethora of applications in teaching and learning and has been a key area of educational innovation in the last five years. The COVID pandemic, which has forced us all online, has amplified the potential for AR tools to be used to enhance student learning and there is a growing interest in the emergent technologies and supporting pedagogies across many disciplines.

In this session, Michelle Spencer (School of Science)  shared the work she has been doing to develop and use AR tools in her chemistry and nanotechnology courses. Prior to lockdown, her team had already been experimenting with AR using the state-of-the-art facilities in the RMIT VXLab. Undeterred by the campus closure, they have continued to explore and develop tools which put interactive, 3D visualisations into the hands of the students, wherever they are based, via their phones/portable devices. Michelle explained how she has used free software (Sketchfab) to create 3D models of chemical structures which students can then control, rotate and manipulate to improve their understanding, as well as how she has used the HoloLens remotely; she will share how the students have responded to the experience and how lessons-learned will shape the team’s plans for future years.

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