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Engaging learners using augmented reality


Augmented Reality (AR) superimposes either graphics, visual presentations or text as an overlay on a given view, looked at through a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet.

Location is important for AR and where the device being used and what it is pointing at because AR is rooted in the real world. Using augmented reality is often initiated by using a QR code.

AR provides an opportunity for a learner to look at a painting or building, object or street etc. through a device and then hear or see supplementary information describing or providing information on what is being looked at as long as something has been added.

What is seen or heard as the overlay is the information that is being augmented onto the physical object or place.


This module will help you learn about the benefits and ways of using augmented reality with your learners.


After completing this module, you will be able to:

• assess the potential for AR to enhance your own teaching practice
• employ QR codes to construct effective learning activities.

Digital Teaching Professional Framework

This module covers the DTPF component - B1a : Teaching and learning resources

  • Visualise and explain new concepts in a motivating and engaging way using digital technologies e.g. by using animations or videos.
  • Use motivating and engaging activities (e.g. games and quizzes) in digital learning environments.
  • Put learners' active uses of digital technologies central to the teaching process.
  • Allow learners actively to engage with subject matter using digital technologies, e.g. using different senses, manipulating virtual objects, varying the problem set up to enquire into its structure, etc.
  • Promote active learning in a given learning context or for a specific learning objective using appropriate digital technologies.
  • Reflect on how suitable the different digital technologies used are in increasing learners' active learning, and to adapt strategies and choices accordingly.
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2nd March 2019
Matthew Gordon

Excellent links and some good examples in the video.  Report this review

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1st March 2019
Chris Mangham

Very quick to complete, giving a basic introduction. The resource links are probably the most useful asset of this module.

It would be enhanced with short videos of the platforms that exist and how greater details on how this can be applied.  Report this review

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29th March 2019
Stuart Philip

Simple and straight-forward introduction to AR with some examples that can be adapted and applied in your own context.  Report this review

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26th March 2019
Susan Lyall

interesting module, introducing technologies that I have not considered. Easily explained and liked the further resource links at the end.  Report this review

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2nd June 2019
Gillian Auld

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28th May 2019
Michael Holmes

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1st May 2019
Valeria Panyko

Our Response: Cool!
30th April 2019
Penny Petch

Great ideas to use  Report this review

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23rd April 2019
Mark Johnson

Our Response: Cool!
23rd April 2019
Penny Gypps

Our Response: Cool!
23rd April 2019
Nedas Laurinavicius

Our Response: Thank you. We appreciate your feedback. It is important for us to understand how to improve our training modules and, subject to you having given consent, we will be in touch to discuss it further with you. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact our Helpdesk on 0330 22 333 63. Understanding your views is important to us.
8th April 2019
Tony Shakespeare

Our Response: Great thanks!
5th March 2019
Adrian Capstick

Our Response: Thank you for the encouraging feedback!
1st March 2019
heather field

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