Augmented reality in science education 

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VIA University College and partners from Spain, England and Norway have kicked off a large, EU-funded project aimed at integrating augmented reality in science education. The goal is to increase children’s learning and motivation.

Augmented reality (AR) holds great promise as a learning tool. But so far, most research has looked at the technology itself, or been used for commercial purposes. 

Now, Center for E-learning and Media at VIA University College has been awarded 360,000 Euros from the Erasmus+ programme to lead a project titled “Augmented Reality for Science Education”. 

The goal of the collaborative project is to investigate how teachers and children can use and help develop augmented reality in the classroom. 

“This project is unique, because the learner is at the center of the activity. It’s about linking creativity with technology,” says Matt Ramirez, project manager at Jisc, a British organisation that champions the use of digital technologies in education and research - and one of five project partners. 

Children learn by experiencing 

Augmented reality is at the forefront of innovative learning for several reasons. It supports an enquiry- and problem-based approach and a high level of student involvement. Furthermore, it offers children the possibility to learn by experiencing rather than reading and writing. 

“We believe AR could strengthen inclusion of children with learning disabilities in schools, and we look forward to trying it out,” says Mogens Surland, science teacher at Skolen i Midten, a Danish lower-secondary school involved in the project. 

Since 2012, VIAs Center for E-learning and Media has done research on AR in learning. 

Global challenges in education

“The new project is based on our previous work on AR. We see a potential for using the technology to solve some of the very real challenges in education today,” says Hanne Wacher Kjaergaard, project manager and head of VIAs Center for E-Learning and Media. 

The center already worked with Skolen i Midten and several of the international partners. “Through our work, we’ve seen how challenges in education are not unique to Danish teachers and children. Schools in many countries struggle with finding ways to increase learning,” says Hanne Wacher Kjærgaard. 

She hopes a result of the EU-project will be finding ways of using AR in science education that will help teachers and children around the world. 

The project runs until 2017. 

In addition to VIA University College, Jisc and Skolen i Midten, project partners are the Supercomputing Centre of Galicia, Hogskolen in Oslo and Agershus, University of Manchester and Centre Publico Integrado O Cruce. 

For more information, please contact project manager Hanne Wacher Kjærgaard at: + 45 87 55 30 95, hwk@via.dk 

View previous work on AR in education.

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