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Towards a New Learning Experience through a Mobile Application with Augmented Reality in Engineering Education

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Escuela de Ingeniería en Tecnologías de la Información, FICA, Universidad de Las Américas, Quito 170125, Ecuador
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Departamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos, Universidad de Alicante, 03690 Alicante, Spain
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Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(11), 4921; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11114921
Received: 30 March 2021 / Revised: 24 May 2021 / Accepted: 24 May 2021 / Published: 27 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Technologies in Lifelong Learning)
With the rise of information technology and digitization, education has been faced with the need to adopt new learning models using technology to create innovative educational methodologies. In addition, due to pandemic restrictions and in order to help contain the spread of the virus (COVID-19), all educational institutions have been forced to switch immediately to online education. The application of augmented reality (AR) in education provides important benefits, such as increased engagement and interactivity, and can help to minimize the negative effects of the disruption of face-to-face education. Therefore, this paper focuses on describing the effect of an augmented reality mobile application (NetAR) that was developed for engineering students as a complement to traditional education. To achieve this objective, an experimental group and a control group were established to work with the application for three weeks for three hours a day. Moreover, there are a number of usability issues with AR that may impact learning effectiveness and motivation. Therefore, the usability of the application was evaluated with the IBM Computer System Usability Questionnaire (CSUQ) tool. The usability results show that users are satisfied with NetAR, and the statistical data from the control group indicate that the application positively affects learning. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobile applications; augmented reality; education; mobile learning; m-learning; innovative learning; learning models; usability mobile applications; augmented reality; education; mobile learning; m-learning; innovative learning; learning models; usability
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Criollo-C, S.; Abad-Vásquez, D.; Martic-Nieto, M.; Velásquez-G, F.A.; Pérez-Medina, J.-L.; Luján-Mora, S. Towards a New Learning Experience through a Mobile Application with Augmented Reality in Engineering Education. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 4921. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11114921

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Criollo-C S, Abad-Vásquez D, Martic-Nieto M, Velásquez-G FA, Pérez-Medina J-L, Luján-Mora S. Towards a New Learning Experience through a Mobile Application with Augmented Reality in Engineering Education. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(11):4921. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11114921

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Criollo-C, Santiago, David Abad-Vásquez, Marjan Martic-Nieto, Fausto A. Velásquez-G, Jorge-Luis Pérez-Medina, and Sergio Luján-Mora. 2021. "Towards a New Learning Experience through a Mobile Application with Augmented Reality in Engineering Education" Applied Sciences 11, no. 11: 4921. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11114921

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