Using the augmented reality sandbox for advanced learning in geoscience education

Sandeep N. Kundu, Nawaz Muhammad, Farha Sattar

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    Abstract

    Augmented reality is influential in achieving experiential learning in several subjects. In a geoscience classroom where spatial thinking skills and visualization of real-world phenomena is key to enhance understanding, experiential learning through the use of augmented reality sandbox and augmented reality constructs can be very effective. Augmented reality is being successfully used for holistic training in critical applications of medicine, aerospace, robotics and now it is increasingly getting popular in formal education. Geoscience, being is an observational science, poses a challenge for an educator as delivering an understanding of earth processes through geological time scales difficult to achieve in the confines of a classroom. Field based studies have always been complementing geoscience education but they are becoming a logistic headache for many educational institutions. Augmented reality, through the draping of virtual reality onto a physical model, presents a realistic simulation of earth processes which facilitates the design and implementation of experiential learning modes in a geoscience classroom. The current article discusses the Augmented Reality construct and its integration in tutorials aimed at achieving experiential learning for geoscience students. We also discussed extending the use of similar constructs for transitioning student understanding in real-world problems and applications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of 2017 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2017
    Place of PublicationTai Po, Hong Kong
    PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    Pages13-17
    Number of pages5
    Volume2018-January
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538609002
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2018
    Event2017 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2017 - Tai Po, Hong Kong
    Duration: 12 Dec 201714 Dec 2017

    Conference

    Conference2017 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2017
    CountryHong Kong
    CityTai Po
    Period12/12/1714/12/17

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