Piloting mixed reality in ICT networking to visualize complex theoretical multi-step problems

Michael Cowling, James R. Birt

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Abstract

This paper presents insights from the implementation of a mixed reality intervention using 3d printed physical objects and a mobile augmented reality application in an ICT networking classroom. The intervention aims to assist student understanding of complex theoretical multi-step problems without a corresponding real world physical analog model. This is important because these concepts are difficult to conceptualise without a corresponding mental model. The simulation works by using physical models to represent networking equipment and allows learners to build a network that can then be simulated using a mobile app to observe underlying packet traversal and routing theory between the different devices as data travels from the source to the destination. Outcomes from usability testing show great student interest in the intervention and a feeling that it helped with clarity, but also demonstrated the need to scaffold the use of the intervention for students rather than providing a freeform experience in the classroom.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShow me the learning
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings ASCILITE 2016 Adelaide
EditorsS Barker, S Dawson, A Pardo, C Colvin
PublisherASCILITE
Pages163-168
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventASCILITE 2016: International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education : Show me the learning - Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 27 Nov 201630 Nov 2016
Conference number: 33rd
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Conference

ConferenceASCILITE 2016: International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2016
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period27/11/1630/11/16
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Cowling, M., & Birt, J. R. (2016). Piloting mixed reality in ICT networking to visualize complex theoretical multi-step problems. In S. Barker, S. Dawson, A. Pardo, & C. Colvin (Eds.), Show me the learning: Proceedings ASCILITE 2016 Adelaide (pp. 163-168). ASCILITE.