Comparing the Attitudes of In-Service Teachers to the Learning Potential of Low-Cost Mobile Augmented and Virtual Reality Tools
World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning,
Virtual and augmented reality tools running on mobile devices are both seeing increased use in education, and there is a growing body of literature examining the uses of each for enhancing learning. However, in most cases, researchers have focused on either one or the other approach and there is relatively little examination of how educators perceive the relative learning potentials between these two related but different technologies. A further issue is that sophisticated virtual and augmented reality tools are too expensive for widespread classroom use. The study reported in this article therefore sought to examine the perceptions and attitudes of a group of in-service teachers towards augmented and virtual reality by providing them with an opportunity to explore examples of affordable smartphone-based implementations of both technologies in a workshop session. The participants were introduced to several virtual and augmented reality activities using freely available tools, deployed on mobile devices, and then given the opportunity to create either an augmented reality experience or a virtual reality experience. The results suggested that there are some qualitative differences between the augmented and virtual reality tools used in this study in the context of teacher attitudes towards their learning potential. This study provides some insights into what factors educators might consider when considering adopting low-cost mobile virtual or augmented reality tools in the classroom.
Parsons, D. & MacCallum, K. (2020). Comparing the Attitudes of In-Service Teachers to the Learning Potential of Low-Cost Mobile Augmented and Virtual Reality Tools.