Exploring augmented reality for education

| May 9, 2018

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Recently we have been exploring how augmented reality (AR) could work to extend and support print textbooks in the classroom. By combining visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic stimulation for an immersive learning experience, we hypothesised that AR could be particularly good for learning contexts.

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McDaniel College

McDaniel College is a four-year liberal arts college in Westminster, Maryland, located 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Baltimore. The college also has a satellite campus located in Budapest, Hungary. Until July 2002, it was known as Western Maryland College. As of July 2002 the school has been McDaniel College in honor of an alumnus who gave a lifetime of service to the college. McDaniel College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It also has special accreditations for its Chemistry, Social Work and Teacher Education programs.

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