AR Dev Camp Vancouver 2010
Downtown Vancouver was covered with posters promoting the event which was hosted at the office of animation and visual fx studio Digital Alchemy Entertainment, conveniently in the same building as the Vancouver train station. A small and dedicated group of AR developers attended from the area and one couple as far as Portland for a full day of sessions and presentations from:
- Monica Marlo presented on Augmented Reality and Immersive Education - Looking at augmented reality for application in higher education. Monica currently works in virtual spaces and is the coordinator of the Oregon Community College's island in Second Life. I think it best to share snippets of her own notes on her presentation.
"I focus on constructivism and also contemplate connectivist pedagogies when approaching emergent technologies. I am excited about the future of HTML5 and what it may mean for data visualization and interoperability. x3DOM and its app stack is likely a future path toward using 3D visualization in learning spaces tech.
Immersive and engaging learning experiences that align objectives and assessment by doing for competency proof is an over arching goal. Aligning this with personalized learning environments and lifelong learning portfolios so that objectives are found in subject areas that each individual learner finds engaging- allowing as much flexibility as possible for those who have large range of interest fluctuation- believes this is possible, but not currently valued by the technologies we use to perpetuate a "factory" model of education. Products of experience can be tracked to show level of competence and improvement over time- this too is beyond the individualization we currently use, but begin to value.
Augmented reality can help us learn to value failure and its rightful place in learning by helping failure to be seen in a different light. Stuck within our own failures we may become mentally rigid, but with the right feedback we can be encouraged to view our experiences through a different lens. We don't always have a mentor or angel on our shoulder to help us see beyond or own rigidity- technology in a number of ways (community, sage, data interface, etc.) can help us overcome this limitation." Well said!
I hope to see more AR Dev Camps with my neighbors to the north and again would like to give many thanks to all our sponsors, presenters, and attendees for contributing to the success of Vancouver's first ARDevCamp.