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This project is funded by JISC under the Learning & Teaching Innovation Grant Programme.

 

Building on Expertise from the Web Innovation Project

On Friday, project staff had a met with developers from the University of Exeter’s Web Innovation Project (WIP) to further share experiences of web and mobile technologies including augmented reality and geolocation.

Meeting WIP project staff, such as Darren Davies and Rich Osborne, is always an inspiration as they are immersed and incredibly knowledgeable of their field, offering many technological ideas for further development of the biodiversity resources.   Indeed, this augmented reality in education project is very fortunate to be able to benefit from web innovation inicitative as they have explored implementation of a wide range of technologies across their 18-month project.

In particular, drawing on the WIP’s successful implementation of a purely navigational Layar application for the campus, we discussed possible solutions to the pre-pilot bugs and improvement suggestions that were mooted when we tested with students last week.  For example, it was suggested that we could improve the user-interface of our Layar pre-pilot through addition of both a search bar within our Layar as well as including check boxes, to allow users to select points-of-interest of interest to them.

There were also some great ideas in relation to the possible web interface that we envisaged a couple weeks ago, which would allow users to access campus biodiversity data irrespective of their geographical location.  The WIP’s development of the 3-D virtual campus – accessible through a browser-based Google Earth plug-in – is a great example of how technology can be used to aid understanding and interaction with physical locations.

In terms of biodiversity, it is possible to envisage a similar set-up whereby users engage with campus habitats, and click on particular species of interest.  As with some of the WIP work, development work could also generate a quick-response (QR) code to enable mobile device owners to access directions to the particular POI.  In the meantime, a fully interactive version of of the 3D campus is also available to explore.

3D University of Exeter Campus (Developed by the Web Innovation Project)

3D University of Exeter Campus (Developed by the Web Innovation Project)

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