The Open UniversitySkip to content

Augmenting the field experience: a student-led comparison of techniques and technologies

Priestnall, Gary; Brown, Elizabeth; Sharples, Mike and Polmear, Gemma (2010). Augmenting the field experience: a student-led comparison of techniques and technologies. In: Brown, Elizabeth ed. Education in the wild: contextual and location-based mobile learning in action. A report from the STELLAR Alpine Rendez-Vous workshop series. Nottingham, UK: Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham, pp. 43–46.

Full text available as:
PDF (Version of Record) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (2MB)
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


In this study we report on our experiences of creating and running a student fieldtrip exercise which allowed students to compare a range of approaches to the design of technologies for augmenting landscape scenes. The main study site is around Keswick in the English Lake District, Cumbria, UK, an attractive upland environment popular with tourists and walkers. The aim of the exercise for the students was to assess the effectiveness of various forms of geographic information in augmenting real landscape scenes, as mediated through a range of techniques and technologies. These techniques were: computer-generated acetate overlays showing annotated wireframe views from certain key points; a custom-designed application running on a PDA; a mediascape running on the mScape software on a GPS-enabled mobile phone; Google Earth on a tablet PC; and a head-mounted in-field Virtual Reality system. Each group of students had all five techniques available to them, and were tasked with comparing them in the context of creating a visitor guide to the area centred on the field centre. Here we summarise their findings and reflect upon some of the broader research questions emerging from the project.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2010 Copyright for this chapter rests with the authors.
ISBN: 0-85358-264-5, 978-0-85358-264-9
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetPublication of this report was supported by funding from the STELLAR Network of Excellence.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 29885
Depositing User: Elizabeth FitzGerald
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2011 10:55
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2019 18:56
Share this page:

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU