Learning by Imagining History: Staged Representations in Location-Based Augmented Reality

  • Peter WinzerEmail author
  • Ulrike SpierlingEmail author
  • Erik Massarczyk
  • Kathrin Neurohr
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10653)


In the SPIRIT project, a location-based Augmented Reality (AR) application has been developed to stimulate the imagination of historical personal life at outdoor places. This paper presents quantitative evaluation results concerning the app’s potential for educational purposes. They are based on 107 questionnaires filled by visitors of a Roman fort museum site, having used the AR app in a 40 min tour over several locations. At each place, users can turn into several directions and see keyed video representations of acting characters superimposed on their device’s camera image. The fictional events are made up based on historical facts specific to the location. Next to issues with the novelty of the interaction, there has been an interrelation of the subjects self-assessed gaining of knowledge and the appreciation of the story’s motivational factors.


User experience evaluation Location-based storytelling Augmented Reality for cultural heritage education 



This work has been funded (in part) by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany (03FH035PA3). We thank all project members for their support (see [17] for videos and personal credits). Special thanks go to students in Media Management at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, who conducted the inquiries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hochschule RheinMainWiesbadenGermany

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