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Augmented reality in engineering education: Current status and future opportunities

27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016

Abstract: Context: Augmented Reality (AR) uses digital information to enhance a user's real environment, most commonly visually, without replacing their real environment. With the ubiquity of mobile devices in the classroom AR is a more accessible teaching tool than ever before. This paper reviews recent literature to discover the current teaching applications of Augmented Reality relevant to an engineering higher education setting as the basis for highlighting near future opportunities for research and implementation.

Purpose: This review will assist engineering educators in understanding the potential applications of AR for teaching future engineers and will provide a context for designing AR solutions and content.

Approach: 24 peer reviewed articles published since 2012 were reviewed. The papers were selected on the basis that they were relevant to a higher education setting and implemented an AR solution for teaching an engineering topic or skill. This review identifies common themes in current research in order to make suggestions for future implementations and research directions.

Results: There are many teaching applications of AR in an engineering education setting. AR can be an accessible way to teach topics in a safe environment that ordinarily would involve a high level of risk or cost. It is effective for spatial training, especially for isometric and orthographic drawing practice. Additionally, time and space constraints of lab based teaching may be reduced by using AR in a prelab classroom environment or for online and distance education.

Conclusions: AR enhanced learning is generally well accepted by students. If the usability of the solution is high, students tend to achieve better outcomes using AR skills based training compared to paper based methods of instruction. This is often attributed to the novelty of the solution, which is overall reported to increase student motivation and engagement with learning.

To cite this article: Halupka, Veronica. Augmented reality in engineering education: Current status and future opportunities [online]. In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 320-328. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=683455829976373;res=IELENG> ISBN: 9780994152039. [cited 28 May 17].

Personal Author: Halupka, Veronica; Source: In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 320-328. DOI: Document Type: Conference Paper ISBN: 9780994152039 Subject: Augmented reality; Teaching--Aids and devices; Engineering design--Study and teaching (Higher); Classroom management--Study and teaching; Teaching--Methodology; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, email: veronica.halupka@monash.edu

Database: Engineering Collection