USING AUGMENTED REALITY AND HOLOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGY IN AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE ON DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHMS

TitleUSING AUGMENTED REALITY AND HOLOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGY IN AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE ON DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHMS
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsIvkovic, I., and S. Franch
Conference NameProceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA)
AbstractAbstract – Augmented reality (AR) technology facilitates augmentation of current views with digital artifacts, such as information, three-dimensional objects, audio, and video. Mixed reality (MR) represents an enhanced version of AR, where advanced spatial mapping is used to anchor digital artifacts in physical space. Using MR technology, digital artifacts can be more closely integrated into the natural environment, thereby transcending physical limitations and creating enhanced blended learning environments. In this paper, we propose an approach for integration of MR technology into engineering education. Specifically, we propose to integrate Microsoft HoloLens into a first-year course on data structures and algorithms to improve student engagement and learning outcomes. In the pilot study, students were assigned to implement A* algorithm and then given a chance to visualize their implementation using Microsoft HoloLens. The feedback provided by students indicated increased engagement and interest in graph-based path-finding algorithms as well as MR technology.
URLhttps://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/PCEEA/article/view/10356
DOI10.24908/pceea.v0i0.10356