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Augment Your Teaching

Augmented reality (AR) was a huge hit with Pokémon GO. When you turned on AR mode, the camera on your mobile device would open and a 3D video of a Pokémon would be superimposed over your camera’s view of the world, which made it look like the Pokémon was right in front of you, as shown below.

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But I’m not here to talk about how much I love Pokémon, I’m here to convince you AR has a place in your classroom and I will even show you how to create AR experiences for free. What do I mean by AR experiences? Imagine pointing your phone’s camera at an image of an human femur, and that image triggers a video to open on your phone, explaining how to treat femoral fractures. This is one AR experience that you can design for your own classroom that doesn’t require a lot of time or skill. There are multiple resources available to do this sort of thing but the one I would like to share is called Aurasma. Below is a video that will show you how to use Aurasma, both with the app and the website.

So why should you care about AR technology? What place does it have in the classroom? Here are a few reasons to support the use of AR technology as a teaching and learning tool:

  • AR allows students to observe and interact with processes that can’t be viewed in real life e.g. bond formation, structure deformation (Akçayır, M., Akçayır, G., Pektaş, H. M., & Ocak, M. A., 2016)
  • The increased interactivity can encourage positive attitudes and increase student motivation (Akçayır et al., 2016)
  • Text can be supplemented with images, or vice versa, allowing for multimedia learning (Akçayır et al., 2016)
  • AR technology is conducive to student-centred learning by allowing for independent exploration of concepts (Martín-Gutiérrez, J., Fabiani, P., Benesova, W., Meneses, M. D., & Mora, C. E., 2014)
  • Student understanding is increased, and the time required by students to understand the material is reduced (Rizov, T., & Rizova, E., 2015)

Although there hasn’t been very much talk about AR in the post-secondary environment, it doesn’t mean we should shy away from it. Below is a video providing examples of how Aurasma is used in a high school that hopefully will inspire practical applications in the post-secondary setting.

References

Akçayır, M., Akçayır, G., Pektaş, H. M., & Ocak, M. A. (2016). Augmented reality in science laboratories: The effects of augmented reality on university students’ laboratory skills and attitudes toward science laboratories. Computers in Human Behavior, 57, 334-342.

Martín-Gutiérrez, J., Fabiani, P., Benesova, W., Meneses, M. D., & Mora, C. E. (2015). Augmented reality to promote collaborative and autonomous learning in higher education. Computers in Human Behavior, 51, 752-761. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2014.11.093

Rizov, T., & Rizova, E. (2015). Augmented reality as a teaching tool in higher education. International Journal of Cognitive Research in Science, Engineering, and Education, 3(1), 7-16.

What is H5P and How to Use it?

While on a quest to find a tool that would allow me to embed questions and polls and other interactive content in a YouTube video, I stumbled across something called H5P. In technical terms, H5P is a plug-in for the blogging platform WordPress. In other words, if you have a WordPress blog on ucalgaryblogs.ca, you can use H5P to integrate interactive content (like quizzes, surveys, flash cards, and more) into your blog posts. Here, I introduce to you some pros and cons of using this tool, and offer some examples of how it can be applied in the classroom.

Pros

  • Tutorials and examples are available on the H5P website
  • With a ucalgaryblogs.ca website, this tool can be used by anyone, including students
  • This tool makes content interactive and interesting, which is great for course material and study guides

Cons

  • It’s certainly not intuitive to use (but at least the tutorials are at your disposal)
  • The responses from the quizzes can’t be recorded or linked to D2L so don’t expect this to replace your current assessment methods

So how can you integrate this technology into your own classroom?

Content Sharing

Create a set of questions focusing on new content, which students are required to complete before coming to class. This exercise requires students to draw upon their pre-existing knowledge to try and answer the questions, encouraging critical thinking. Additionally, students know what to expect when they come to class, which can lead to a conversation rather than a lecture.

Some H5P content that you can use for this activity: Multiple Choice, True /False Question, Fill in the Blanks, Drag the Words.

Studying

Encourage your students to create their own blogs with ucalgaryblogs.ca and use H5P to create study material. With the entire class making their blogs public, students can feed off each other’s knowledge when studying for examinations.

Some H5P content that students can use to make study material: Summary, Guess the Answer, Dialogue Cards.

ePortfolio Series – Episode 1: What is ePortfolio?

Hi there,
My name is Mohammad. I am the ePortfolio coach at the Schulich School of Engineering and this is the first episode of a series on ePortfolio. Through this series of posts, I am going to introduce you to ePortfolio and its benefits for your personal, professional, and educational development. I will also assist you with setting up a compelling ePortfolio and will list available platforms at the University of Calgary.

Having an ePortfolio has recently become one of the most effective ways to organize works you have done and to share them with others. ePortfolio is a process of generating deeper learning and planning for personal, professional, and educational development. It is also a product (an electronic collection) of learning evidences such as essays, photos, videos, assignments, etc.

ePortfolio enables you to plan ahead, collect learning evidences, self-assess your learning outcomes, make connection between your curricular and extracurricular activities, and reflect on the works you are most proud of through a structured and supported process. In fact, the process of creating an ePortfolio assists you to clearly define and understand your strengths and weaknesses. By continuing to add to your ePortfolio, you will be able to see where you began, and how far you have come!

For more information, please visit my site. Also, watching the following video tutorials is helpful (and fun!) for understanding ePortfolio better.

Twelve Apps of Christmas

For those who are interested in new and different e-learning apps, you might want to check out 12 Apps of Christmas. This is an initiative put on by BC Campus to have post-secondary educators try out different apps and discuss them. They have a contest going to keep the comments going, on-topic and engaging.

So far they’ve tried out a favourite here, Padlet, as well as two tools from Google. It’ll be  interesting to see what’s next.