The iPEAR project combines collaborative expertise of technology-enhanced learning researchers, computer scientists, and educators to build a strategic partnership to streamline the adoption of Augmented Reality (AR) technology in educational practice. The project will create innovative open educational resources for educators that help implement and integrate active and collaborative learning pedagogical approaches supported by AR. This will enrich the teaching practice and support inclusive, peer to peer learning relevant to the requirements and preferences of the students.
The main objectives are to: 1. Map the educational use of AR, focusing on collaborative and peer learning approaches. The consortium will map the existing research results and available applications, supplementing these results and validating them in case studies following the research methodology of Informed Grounded Theory. The focus on peer learning and collaborative learning approach is within the inclusive education framework, as defined by the United Nations – taking into account personal requirements and preferences. In 2016, the United Nations released General Comment No. 4 to explain the right to inclusive education, focusing the new definition on providing all students with an equitable and participatory learning experience and environment that best corresponds to their requirements and preferences. 2. Facilitate the adoption of AR in education by creating open access teaching and learning material for educators. The new materials will include a toolkit of educational AR apps and platforms supplemented by teacher guidelines, a compendium of best practices, and a competence framework for AR educators all available as independently as OERs and delivered as a MOOC with professionally designed audiovisual material) 3. Create and maintain a community of experts in educational AR and other stakeholders that will ensure sustainability of the project and keep the most useful results up-to-date. The design of the project is guided by the European policies, strategies and tools. The project aims to improve the digital competence of educators and subsequently their students by developing a comprehensive set of educational resources that are open and accessible online worldwide (EU initiative “Opening Up Education”).
The project plans to communicate and disseminate the results via a range of online activities, reaching the major stakeholders, educational organisations and individual educators. These activities will culminate in a final project conference on the topic of educational AR planned for 100 participants, targeting educators, practitioners, researchers, and students. The outreach and impact of the project will be extended via a massive online open course for educators, delivering all project results structured in a course format. We will strengthen the skills of educators in higher education and other educational settings by designing new content within the case studies, linking visual approaches to peer to peer.The iPEAR project is funded by the ERASMUS+ program of the European Union.
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