Monash rocks: the first step in an augmented reality journey through deep time

Barbara Macfarlan, Marian Anderson, Julie Boyce, Tom Chandler, Thomas Bochynek, Mike Yeates, Colin Maynard

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Abstract

This paper describes the development of the “Monash Rocks” app - designed to bring our landscape to life through augmented reality. We describe the highs and lows of the development process, the lessons we learned along the way, and our plans for further development of the app to showcase the Monash Earth Sciences Garden and extend the space into further innovative, immersive teaching and learning experiences. The creation of Monash University's Earth Sciences Garden (MESG), a "living" geological map of Victoria collating nearly 500 rock specimens, gave us the perfect vehicle for an Augmented Reality (AR) experience. Students and visitors to the MESG can now use the Monash Rocks App on their phones to view a 3D display that overlays the live camera feed on the device enhancing the experience of the environment, taking it to another dimension. The value in augmenting a learning environment is in its ability to pull virtual objects into real scenes (Green & Chandler, 2014, p.549), in this case expanding the physical environment through time and space on a journey back millions of years. The rock now becomes alive, telling its story and supplying information that is missing in the “real life” walk through the garden.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASCILITE 2017 - Conference Proceedings - 34th International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education
Subtitle of host publication34th International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2017, 4 December 2017 - 6 December 2017
Pages138-141
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2017 - Toowoomba, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20176 Dec 2017
Conference number: 34th
https://2017conference.ascilite.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ASCILITE-2017-Proceeding.pdf (Proceedings)

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2017
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2017
CountryAustralia
CityToowoomba
Period4/12/176/12/17
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