AR in Education Event

Delegate interacting with AR demos

One of the outputs for the JISC funded cARe project was to deliver an event that focused on the use of Augmented Reality in Education. The idea of which was to bring together like-minded people to explore AR and to help establish a community dedicated to educational use of AR. Hosting such an event was particularly important because many of the events that I have been to regarding AR have had a very strong marketing focus.

The event took place at City University London on the 19th October 2012. It quickly sold out and interest was so high that there were almost as many people on the waiting list as there were delegates in attendance, with those delegates coming from institutions across the UK and Ireland, including Edinburgh, Dublin, Manchester.

   

“… the information presented and the speakers were very interesting, the event was a good experience.”

Presenters at the event included thought leaders, practitioners, and authors from both Industry and universities. I had the pleasure of hosting the event and kicked it off by welcoming delegates and talking about the JISC cARe project. Matt Ramirez (University of Manchester), Lester Madden (Founder of Augmented Planet), Lee Stott (Microsoft), Luke Robert Mason(Researcher in Technology & Cyberculture), Rob Miles(University of Hull) were amongst the speakers that inspired our delegates throughout the day. The lunch break included interactive demonstrations from the Berwick Post Ltd.

“The amount of practical examples was great – like the way the event finished on some thoughts for the future. Really excellent speakers.”

Delegates networking about all things AROne of the key messages made by most of the speakers throughout the day highlighted the need for Augmented Reality experiences to be ‘relevant’ making it more than just a gimmick. This was summarized well by Dr Ian Glover in his closing remarks. You can watch the videos from the presenters and share your views with us.

Some of the delegates were lucky enough to win prizes. Lee Stott from Microsoft supplied us with three Kinect’s, which we raffled off with signed copies of Rob Miles Get Started with the Kinect book, and Rob also gave away a copy of his book to the first person who could guess how many pages it contained (250, for reference). Congratulations to the lucky winners! Lester Madden of Augmented Planet also offered all delegates free tickets to the Augmented Planet two day conference that took place towards the end of the month.

The event had a real buzz about it with delegates and speakers sharing their experiences. Feedback was extremely positive, with most delegates leaving full of inspiration and ideas. The following are some quotes from delegates:

“The enthusiasm – both of others who have come for the day and of the speakers.”
“Very friendly presenters, delegates happy to share their knowledge/advice.”
“The amount of practical examples was great – like the way the event finished on some thoughts for the future. Really excellent speakers.”
“Widened my understanding of the breadth of initiatives that use AR.”
“Excellent, good range of presentation – both practical and theory.”

A special thank you to colleagues in City’s Education Technology Community and Jacqui Brown (School of Health Sciences) who made the organization of the day run so smoothly.

Farzana Latif

Education Technology Project Manager
School of Health Sciences

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