Learning with Augmented Reality in Maker Spaces

Monday, March 6, 2023 09:30to10:30
McConnell Engineering Building Zames Seminar Room - MC 437, 3480 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E9, CA
Speaker: Dr. Iulian Radu
Makerspaces are popular project-based learning environments where students interact with physical objects and peer collaboration, while developing 21st century skills and understanding of STEM topics. At the same time, augmented reality (AR) technology, which combines physical objects with digital visualizations, is becoming increasingly applicable for makerspace activities and has potential to address challenges for student learning. However, there is a lack of understanding of what makes this technology effective or ineffective for makerspace education, and the practical and systemic challenges of integrating it in existing makerspace settings. In this talk I will present lessons learned from multiple research projects that used augmented reality to enhance student learning, collaboration, and co-creation in makerspaces, specifically in the contexts of learning physics, robotics, computer science and electronics education.
Dr. Iulian Radu is a former Principal Research Scientist at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, currently on a spiritual sabbatical. His work intersects immersive design and educational innovation, focusing on makerspaces, AR/VR collaborative learning, embodied cognition, empathy, and immersive software / hardware engineering. His recent work at Harvard University explored AR/VR for collaborative education in maker spaces (part of HGSE Learning, Innovation and Technology Lab), and VR for empathy and bias training (part of HGSE Immersion Lab). He has previously led research initiatives on co-design, children, and educational technology while collaborating with organizations such as PBS KIDS, MIT, Samsung Research, Qualcomm, and WestEd Research. Iulian holds a Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.Sc.Hons. from University of British Columbia. More info
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