App No. 3 (Dec 3rd) Aurasma

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Aurasma is an augmented reality app that lets you create and share you own augmented reality experiences. It is available on both the iTunes App Store and on Google Play for free!

Let’s change the way we use your 10 minutes today.

I’d like you to spend 8 minutes of it watching this very short TED talk.

Using the Aurasma app you will be able to do everything he demonstrates here!

Red pin Can integrating an augmented reality app such as Aurasma enhance, or even transform, student activity in the higher education context?

yellow square In the optional task section below I’ve overlayed the image with a short animated video and so created an Aura. You cannot see my Aura unless you download the app, follow my Aurasma channel, and then position your device over my trigger image below. So while it served its purpose in my case to demo the app to you (and to introduce a little hidden something that you’ll have to follow the task through to find!) I’m guilty of ‘substitution’ as per the SAMR model. I could have just embedded my video straight onto the page here.

orange square But consider its uses for creating virtual tours of a library, or of explanations of equipment in a lab for instance. To explain, rather than have a librarian on standby all day everyday to give tours over and over of the library to incoming first year students during induction week, Aurasma could be used instead to create virtual tours. Photos can be taken of any section the library and a Aura hidden behind it. Students, using their mobile devices and a set of ear plugs can then bring themselves around the library at their own pace, accessing the Auras at designated points. And this can all be done at a time that suits them. The Auras don’t ever go away either so are there for all students to access right throughout the year with new ones added as new equipment or services are brought into play. (And Geographical location (GPS) triggers are possible too which can facilitate easily ice-breaker activities such as treasure hunts!)

blue square Think of your one dimensional conference poster or posters of student projects on awards night…wouldn’t it be magical if those posters could come to life?!

green square Where this app can really have an impact however is in the way it can support both:
– self-paced, individualised, situated learning, and
– the gamification of learning.
And, academic literature is bursting with research desmonstrating the power of both to transform the learning experience. There are so many possibilities and that’s just from the lecturer’s perspective. How excited would Art and Design students be if they could overlay different parts of their physical end of the year artefact with video explaining their choice of materials and design decisions? That would certainly be an exhibition with a difference! This short video (1.38mins) gives a quick example of how Sheffield Hallam University have used an augmented reality app, such as Aurasma, in their nurse education programmes to support their students’ learning.

A trigger image can be overlayed with either a video, another image, audio, webpages, or 3D scenes (collada format files only). See this guide for step by step instructions on how to create Auras.

Red pin Optional Task
1. Download Aurasma from either the iTunes App store or Google Play.
2. Create an account.
2. Open the app and choose the Aurasma menu, marked by the ‘A’ icon in the middle of the lower portion of the screen.
3. Choose the search function in Aurasma (the magnifing glass icon) and search for ‘boylanfm’ and choose ‘follow’.
4. Choose to follow Boylanfm’s Public Auras/Channel (the icon of the public channel is the Aurasma ‘A’). You only ever have to follow a channel like this once.
5. Go back to the ‘viewfinder’ by clicking on the square icon on the bottom of the screen and now you are ready to view my Aura!
6. Position your device over the trigger image below, watch the dots pic up the trigger, then let the magic happen.

P.S. It might just be worth your while doing the task today…follow the task right through before midnight Dec 5th (GMT) to find out why!

Misson Impossible Aura Trigger

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20 Responses to App No. 3 (Dec 3rd) Aurasma

  1. docpipnz says:

    Great stuff – but the ‘short video’ of 1.38 mins link doesn’t seem to be working?


  2. Aurasma is great, we are trying this in nursing simulation with the hi-fidelity simulators (like Sheffield Hallam). We are also trying Zappar for this
    Great app!

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  3. barryjryan says:

    Wow! This looks like a great app! I can see great potential in labs to demonstrate pieces of instrumentation and equipment. Currently using QR codes to scan to link to a short video; however, this could possibly be better? Has anyone any examples of this app being used in this way?

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  4. Brilliant! Love this. Trying to think of the many ways I could use this in my music teaching… Inspiring….

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  5. Alan says:

    This is really slick. I can see an application for this in a project I am working on to do with cyber-bullying. We can set a task to the students to create Aurasma enabled posters which are placed throughout the school and the posters contain tips on what to do if being targetting by bullies and so on.

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  6. Patrick says:

    Here’s a Pearltrees’s Augmented Reality collection –

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  7. Jesrine says:

    Love this app! I was fortunate enough to work at Sheffield Hallam when the team were putting this together. In my current role we are considering ways we could use it to teach anatomy. My daughter has the Guinness World Records app which uses augmented reality to bring the book to life.

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  8. Caitriona Ni She says:

    Absolutely love this one, and so do my kids!

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  9. Odette says:

    App has great potential to bring posters to life, or setting up an educational treasure hunt. Well done Frances on your aura!

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  10. markglynn says:

    I love the way you gamified this post – another great idea from the team at DIT.

    AR has huge potential for education. We embedded AR as part of our campus tour for open day in DCU and received great feedback. We are now putting it into our lab books to help give students information at the “point of need” for their practical laboratory sessions


  11. ditgetsmart says:

    Great choice! I’ve used Aurasma with Event Management students in terms of overlaying content into conference itineraries and the like. Works really well.

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  12. suejohnston says:

    I have never heard of this app before — this is incredible. I can see lots of uses for it!


  13. DaraC says:

    This is a new one on me too. Looks like there’s really great potential there. Thanks for sharing Frances.

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  14. ltsunderland says:

    I first used this app at this years HEA conf. Great for bringing static poster presentations to life.


  15. lauramc2012 says:

    Took me a while to get the hang of this, but It’s a great app. Thank you. I can see the potential and lots of different applications


  16. Lucia Cloonan says:

    Fantastic app. Definitely one for next semester. I think it has the potential to replace lots of documentation / paper reports and students would find it engaging.


  17. I think this is a great app. Using Aurasma studio (free, web based) you can access a whole host of advanced features – such as click through actions and multiple paths. I recently had a go using Aurasma to create a learning object – see my blog:

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