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Technology mediated reality and multi-user virtual environments collide and present teachers and learners with unprecedented learning possibilities..
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Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors

Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The diverse team of eLearning advisors provide elearning workshops, send out periodic newsletter, provide customised consultation, support the eScholar program and more.

 

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The website was redesigned and we disappeared ... This scoop is simply a flag about who's curating... We didn't expect anyone wold ever want to visit us.....
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Augmented Reality Educational Robot Ozobot

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#RobotOzobot - In the growing digital age, some of us find that our children are spending an increased amount of time in front of a screen between TV, gaming consoles, tablets, and more.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 22, 9:37 AM

This might be my next gadget! 

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Google Invests in Magic Leap, an Augmented Reality Firm

Google Invests in Magic Leap, an Augmented Reality Firm | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Google is leading a $542 million investment in a little-known firm called Magic Leap, in an investment that is said to value the start-up at about $2 billion.
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Aims to display rich interactive graphics alongside what people see naturally, using what it calls a dynamic digitized lightfield signal.

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Man spends two years building amazing megacity in Minecraft

Man spends two years building amazing megacity in Minecraft | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This is madness. What you are looking at is not a screenshot of Simcity. It is a megalopolis made entirely in Minecraft using 4.5 million blocks over the course of two years on an Xbox 360 (!) Its name is Titan City and yes, it's completely insane, especially when you get up close:
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And some people suggest games do not build engagement...

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Avatars and education

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Academics are already expanding the use of computer-based role-play in teaching; what’s next?


Whilst computer-based role-playing is never likely to replace traditional real-world practical training experience entirely, the continued sophistication of the medium is slowly revolutionising the way graduates prepare for the professional arena.

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Morfo + Aurasma = Augmented Reality Book Trailers - iPad Apps for School

Morfo + Aurasma = Augmented Reality Book Trailers - iPad Apps for School | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Last week at the ACTEM conference I showed some folks possible uses for the Morfo 3D Faces app and the Aurasma iPad app.

Morfo 3D Faces is an iPad app that you can use to create a talking picture of person’s face. You can take a picture of a person or you can take a picture of a picture of a person (for example, taking a picture of a picture of a person in a book). Once you’ve captured the picture you can customize the face by altering the eyes, mouth, and nose to move as you talk. After customizing the picture you can record yourself talking.

Aurasma is a free app for iPads, iPhones, and  Android devices. Using Aurasma you can create augmented reality layers, Aurasma calls them “auras,” that pop-up when you scan objects with your phone or tablet. The layers that you create can include image or video files that are stored on your iPad.

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Terrific!!!!!

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Can it be real? Augmented reality melds work with play + video

Can it be real? Augmented reality melds work with play + video | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Mark Skwarek is surrounded by infiltrating militants in New York's Central Park. He shoots one, then hearing a noise from behind, spins to take down another. All of a sudden, everything - New Zealand Herald
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Do we want an augmented reality or a transformed reality?

Do we want an augmented reality or a transformed reality? | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
It seems we are headed towards a world where augmented reality (AR) systems will be as common as smartphones are today – it’s already about to revolutionise medicine, entertainment, the lives of disabled…
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Simulation and Virtual Realities: Training in the Virtual World

Simulation and Virtual Realities: Training in the Virtual World | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
COMOS Walkinside 3D visualization software lets users immerse themselves in a virtual model of a facility. In-depth training sessions prepare technicians for their work.
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It's Evolving: Google's Augmented Reality 'Ingress' Gives Players New Creative Outlets | Gaming | TechNewsWorld

It's Evolving: Google's Augmented Reality 'Ingress' Gives Players New Creative Outlets | Gaming | TechNewsWorld | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Featuring a complex science fiction backstory with a continuous open narrative, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game depends on GPS capabilities.

Players in the game choose a side -- Enlightened or Resistance -- and fight for control of Exotic Matter, which is stationed in portals around the world. By visiting those real-world portals, which include landmarks and other places of interest, players collect energy and score points for their team.

More than 7 million players in the past year have installed the Ingress app on Android or iOS; more than 30,000 have participated in Ingress Anomaly events hosted across the world.

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Featuring a complex science fiction backstory with a continuous open narrative, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game depends on GPS capabilities.

Players in the game choose a side -- Enlightened or Resistance -- and fight for control of Exotic Matter, which is stationed in portals around the world. By visiting those real-world portals, which include landmarks and other places of interest, players collect energy and score points for their team.

More than 7 million players in the past year have installed the Ingress app on Android or iOS; more than 30,000 have participated in Ingress Anomaly events hosted across the world."

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Learning Environments blog » Creating content for virtual reality experiences

Learning Environments blog » Creating content for virtual reality experiences | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In a previous post on virtual reality and immersion in education I posed the question of what scenarios are best suited to utilise VR. Here I will provide some examples and outline two ways of creating content specifically for the Oculus Rift. For those unfamiliar here is an overview video of the Oculus Rift.

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Could VR help build better cities?

Could VR help build better cities? | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Architects have traditionally used physical models of proposed buildings to demonstrate to planners and members of the public how a project will look when it is completed.


But some are now using a combination of simulations and augmented reality to find out how buildings will influence behaviour. They can also provide a feedback into the design process.

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My Augmented Reality - YouTube

Published on Sep 18, 2014

Watch this video to have an exclusive look inside Metaio - a European leader in Augmented Reality software, research and technology.

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Discover Metaio's Augmented Reality applications for creative and cultural industries, such as fashion, design, advertising, gaming and education. Take advantage of the AR technology in order to position your company while creating new jobs!

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Medical experts warn scaling back the RET will put more Australians at risk of death and illness | Healthy Planet, Healthy People | DEA

Medical experts warn scaling back the RET will put more Australians at risk of death and illness | Healthy Planet, Healthy People | DEA | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Doctors have today condemned the Government’s announcement to weaken the Renewable Energy Target, saying it will increase the number of deaths and sickness across Australia- especially among vulnerable people such as children, the elderly and those with chronic illness.

Doctors for the Environment Australia spokesperson Dr David Shearman says, “The neutering of the RET shows we have an ideological Government with disregard for the health of Australians, as well as for evidence-based medicine which quite clearly shows the devastating harm that fossil fuel has on our health, our families’ health and the health of our communities.”

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Augmented Reality: Technology that adds Virtual Realism to Real Estate | Augmented Reality Trends

Augmented Reality: Technology that adds Virtual Realism to Real Estate | Augmented Reality Trends | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
With incorporation of augmented reality in real estate, business could be globalize, improve customer engagement, ease the access to prospects and accelerate

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Similarly, these technologies can be applied to urban planning, construction management, spatial sciences, etc...

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Teacher practice in multi user virtual environments: A fourth space - Springer

Teacher practice in multi user virtual environments: A fourth space - Springer | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Teacher practice in multi user virtual environments: A fourth space

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Business Simulations

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This project was funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching to evaluate and promote pedagogies that enhance the learning outcomes of online simulations in business and related fields. Business simulations offer authentic learning experiences that mirror real world problems and enable students to practise and develop graduate capabilities, technical skills and strategic decision making skills. Emerging technologies along with increased bandwidth have created new opportunities for online simulations and provide improved flexibility and portability for students. However, online simulations are not effective unless they are embedded within a pedagogic framework that optimises learning outcomes. The resources provided by this project are designed to demystify the process of embedding an online simulation into the curriculum.

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New World Notes: Watch This Academic's Moving Speech on How Virtual Worlds Can Help People With Disabilities

New World Notes: Watch This Academic's Moving Speech on How Virtual Worlds Can Help People With Disabilities | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Jay Jay Jegathesan is a PhD candidate from the University of Western Australia, and his thesis is about how virtual worlds (specifically Second Life) can help build communities, and this is him passionately presenting a short summary of his work...
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Watch the Amazing Virtual Reality Video Technology Google Is About to Fund

Watch the Amazing Virtual Reality Video Technology Google Is About to Fund | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Google is planning a major investment in this virtual reality company, according to reports
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This $99 Headset Could Get All of Us Hooked on VR | WIRED

This $99 Headset Could Get All of Us Hooked on VR | WIRED | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Carl Zeiss is primarily known for optics, and now, a small team within the company is leveraging that reputation into a $99 VR viewer they call the VR ONE.
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An Xbox Approach to Preventing the Next Deepwater Horizon

An Xbox Approach to Preventing the Next Deepwater Horizon | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
An explosion rattles the North Sea oil rig and a klaxon pounds my ear drums. A colleague is prone on the ground just a few yards from the flaming gas blowout. I struggle to switch off the valve that will cut off the leak. Panic sets in.

Luckily my colleague's life is not at risk. The struggle stems from my failure to master the controller for the Xbox game console. I'm in a Berlin conference room 500 miles away from the North Sea oil fields, enveloped in a virtual reality headset. Ivan Stjepanovic, a 3-D engineer for Siemens AG, is guiding me around a virtual model of the rig.
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The Last Medium

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The California Sunday Magazine. October 5, 2014.

 

Strassburger was excited to preside over my initiation into virtual reality. He placed an Oculus Rift headset on my head and instructed me to adjust the goggles until the Kite & Lightning logo came into focus. Then he told me to close my eyes.

When I open them, I’m in an industrial elevator, going down. (For a panicky instant, I feel as though I’ve been dropped into a nightmare, and I want to get out.) When the elevator stops, I emerge in a tenebrous cavern shot through with shafts of light. Bats scatter in all directions. I look down and see a metal latticework grid suspended over a deep, dark pit. I look up and see a rocky, pitted ceiling high above me. I don’t have a body. It’s like I’ve poked my head into another dimension.

When I took off the headset, I felt as though I’d just removed my head.

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Virtual Reality Dexmo Exoskeleton Glove

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This week Dextra Robotics has unveiled and explained more about their new virtual reality exoskeleton glove called the Dexmo which is currently in a beta development stage, via a Reddit AMA.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 2, 10:38 AM

Oh, the geekiness! 

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Virtual reality brings immersive experiences within easy reach

Virtual reality brings immersive experiences within easy reach | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
I’M flying over Antarctic icebergs, looking up, down, left, right and even backwards as I soar. ­Moments later I’m in the ocean swimming near a group of sharks, frantically looking up and down for a way out, only to be gobbled up.
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Oculus Rift in the classroom: Immersive education's next level | ZDNet

Oculus Rift in the classroom: Immersive education's next level | ZDNet | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The popularity of immersive education is growing. But as cool and cutting-edge as the technology is, is a virtual reality environment conducive to learning?
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Marko Teräs's curator insight, October 12, 9:32 PM

A little bit too much of that Skinner's learning machine undertone and that horrible word of "retention" (i.e. "keeping" students' attention) involved, but at the same time some nice ideas here and there.

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Timetraveler App Allows You To See The Berlin Wall Story In Augmented Reality | TechCrunch

Timetraveler App Allows You To See The Berlin Wall Story In Augmented Reality | TechCrunch | Augmented, Alternate and Virtual Realities in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Metaio and Timetraveler Augmentedannounced the Timetraveler application today. Using Augmented Reality (AR), smartphone and tablet owners can view historical content about the Berlin Wall, in and near the locations where it used to stand. Content includes historical film footage, reconstructions of demolished sites, and stories about the divisive impact the wall had on Germany during the Cold War.

LAYAR had added a view to their app to show a superimposed Berlin Wall as far back as 2010, however this implementation is a bit more holistic in terms of showing multiple media types and attempting to “tell the story” a bit more.

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