We are happy that our contribution about „Evaluation Design for Learning with Mixed Reality in Mining Education Based on a Literature Review“ got published now.
Mixed Reality technologies are on the rise in the educational sector. However, research shows that there is still a lack in knowledge concerning the evaluation of these technologies. In this paper we present a research on current practices in evaluation for Mixed Reality. For this purpose, we selected 94 publications from between 2015 and 2021 and reduced them to 45 which included formal evaluation processes. We then adapted a classification scheme by Duenser et al.  and categorized these papers according to their evaluation methods. We present our overall findings and explain some examples more detailed. The results are then compared to previous work outside and within the MiReBooks project and applied on the didactical framework. This allows us to illustrate the development of this sector over the last years and it helps us to enhance our own evaluation approaches. First results also show that there is a rise in evaluation approaches recently and that the overall goals for these processes did not change much from 2008.
[draft @ ResearchGate]
[full article @ book’s homepage]
Reference: Thurner S., Daling L., Ebner M., Ebner M., Schön S. (2021) Evaluation Design for Learning with Mixed Reality in Mining Education Based on a Literature Review. In: Zaphiris P., Ioannou A. (eds) Learning and Collaboration Technologies: Games and Virtual Environments for Learning. HCII 2021. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12785. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-77943-6_21
Our chapter about „Mixed Reality Books: Applying Augmented and Virtual Reality in Mining Engineering Education“ got published in the book „Augmented Reality in Education“.
This chapter deals with the integration of Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) elements into academic mining education. The focus lies on the didactical approach within the EU-funded MiReBooks (Mixed Reality Books) project. The project aims to develop a series of AR- and VR-based interactive mining manuals as a new digital standard for higher education across European engineering education. By combining AR and VR technologies, it is possible to address current challenges in mining education in an innovative way. These virtual applications should make otherwise impossible and dangerous situations accessible to students. Classical paper-based teaching materials are enriched with AR content and translated into pedagogically and didactically coherent manuals for integrative use in the classroom. The authors explore how AR and VR instruments can be effectively integrated into teaching. The results of a broad evaluation of AR/VR-based lectures are presented and discussed in this chapter. The experiences and findings are summarized in a decision matrix for the use of AR/VR-based technologies in teaching.
[Chapter @ journal’s homepage]
[draft @ ResearchGate]
Reference: Daling, L., Kommetter, C., Abdelrazeq, A., Ebner, M. & Ebner, M. (2020) Mixed Reality Books: Applying Augmented and Virtual Reality in Mining Engineering Education. In: Augmented Reality in Education. Geroimenko, V. (Ed.). pp. 185-195. Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-42156-4
Our presentation on “@twitter Mining#Microblogs Using #Semantic Technologies” at this year 6th Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Perspectivesis now online available.
The publication has already been published here.