AR should be used when it can address an identified issue or requirement presented by existing learning and teaching practices. Such a requirement was identified within the specialist teaching of music production in the recording studio at Leeds College of Music. Learning in this environment takes place in small groups where students are expected to absorb and retain a vast amount of information. With an emphasis on the practical application of skills during lessons, teaching staff observed that students did not have the opportunity to make comprehensive notes and so were missing information.
Driven by these pedagogical requirements, and in collaboration with an AR technical expert (Matt Ramirez, Jisc), an AR app was developed that layers learning content over the mixing desk, allowing students to investigate the functionality of the equipment in an authentic setting. A pilot group of first year undergraduate students initially tested the application within a selection of their taught studio sessions, where their feedback and suggestions were used to further refine the content and functionality. A more in-depth focus group took place with the pilot students at the end of the first semester. This garnered feedback on their use of the app and what they perceived the benefits to be, as well as identifying any restrictions or shortcomings. Evidence gathered from the pilot group has now directly impacted the second phase of the project where AR will be applied to other equipment within the studio, identified by the students as particularly challenging. Consultation with students will continue throughout this second phase development process to ensure that the content created and mechanics of how it is accessed remains relevant and fit for purpose.
This presentation will discuss the collaborative process of developing innovative learning technology within a specialist institution, with particular focus on the dialogue between the development team and students. Videos of the student perspective will be shown, as well as an illustration of the technology in action, and the next phases of development will be presented for discussion.
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