Studies in Application of Augmented Reality in E-Learning Courses
Previous Studies have indicated that specific concepts in chemistry education require visuospatial skills by students. This paper presents an attempt to extend Augmented Reality technology to school textbooks—particularly Chemistry. A qualitative study conducted with five high school chemistry teachers in India with the aim to identify existing pedagogical patterns related to Solid State Chemistry taught in high schools in India and attempt to design a device based application that will aid students’ learning. The results were found to be concurring with existing literature in chemistry learning. On the basis of this study, design suggestions to be considered while designing AR based solutions in the field of solid state chemistry are proposed. Incorporating these suggestions, we then conceptualized and developed an AR application for mobile and tablet devices based on a popular platform. This application uses standard XII NCERT textbook images as markers/reference to augment dynamic 3-dimensional content. User testing of the application indicated its acceptance.
KeywordsAugmented reality E-Learning Solid-state chemistry models
We would like to thank all the teachers and students of Kendriaya Vidalaya, IIT Guwahati Campus for their help in agreeing to the survey and discussing the prototype solution. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to our teachers at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Oriental Tutorials and Concept Education, Guwahati; FIITJEE and Vidyamandir Classes, New Delhi for their valuable insights and support throughout the project. We would like to thank the participants for their informed consent to use their pictures. We acknowledge respective IPR of platforms and products which we used for academic research purposes on terms of fair use: (a) Unity 3d, (b) Total Immersion D’ Fusion, (c) Qualcomm Vuforia, (d) Trimble Sketch Up.
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