ADVANCED EDU-AR-VIZ: a Framework for Selecting Appropriate Visual Augmentations in STEM Education

Isabel Lesjak*, Christian Guetl, Johanna Pirker, David Lowe

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In today’s world, there is a growing demand for professionals with skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. At the same time, teaching STEM subjects can be a challenging task, as students struggle to understand abstract concepts and complex phenomena in lectures and textbooks. This has given rise to a new approach to learning called active learning, with the use of interactive simulations and three-dimensional visualisations to improve conceptual understanding. In this paper, we focus on the use of mobile AR as a tool to facilitate active learning for a new generation of learners. We introduce a framework for choosing appropriate visual augmentations for educational purposes. As a practical use case, we describe the design, development and evaluation of a mobile AR Android app for learning about magnetism. Our findings indicate that the use of AR on mobile phones is indeed interesting to students, even with prior knowledge of magnetism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobility for Smart Cities and Regional Development - Challenges for Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 24th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2021
EditorsMichael E. Auer, Hanno Hortsch, Oliver Michler, Thomas Köhler
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030939038
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event24th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning: ICL 2021 - Dresden, Germany
Duration: 22 Sept 202124 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
Volume389 LNNS
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


Conference24th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning
Abbreviated titleICL 2021


  • Augmented reality
  • E-learning
  • Education
  • STEM
  • Visualisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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