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Towards a framework for the design of mixed reality immersive education spaces

Gardner, M and Elliott, J and Alrashidi, M (2012) Towards a framework for the design of mixed reality immersive education spaces. UNSPECIFIED.

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Immersive Education is moving beyond just the use of virtual worlds to become more embedded into the physical world around us. Some attempts have been made to characterize this mixed reality space along a virtuality continuum, with a particular focus on the interface between real and virtual worlds and the emergence of inter-reality applications where virtual reality systems are coupled with real-world objects. Some researchers have proposed frameworks that aim to understand the affordances of 3-dimensional (3D) virtual environments. However, there is little support for practitioners and designers in creating mixed-reality education spaces. This paper attempts to address this issue by using an Augmented Reality learning scenario as the initial basis for the creation of an initial design framework that aims to characterize the learning benefits (or affordances) of this technology. This is then used to identify the technical challenges which underpin mixed-reality learning spaces, and where possible, supporting pedagogical frameworks, which can be used to guide the design process. Finally we suggest the future steps necessary to move this work forward, from an initial outline framework, with the intention of developing a practical tool to help practitioners and researchers make informed choices in this emerging field.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2012 15:34
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:05

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