Our experience through the great numbers of trainees attending our seminars has shown that modern day adults tend to lose interest in the classroom and thus reduce their knowledge intake, requiring often and more stimuli than teenagers to remain focused.
This has steered us towards wanting to take part in the great family of Erasmus+ participants, and perform a social experiment of sorts, one we knew from the start would be successful. We decided to take a leap of faith and learn what we can about the Augmented Reality (AR) Technology, and test this technology in short sessions attended by adults.
We contacted a company which has great credibility and is manned by capable experts on the field of AR to make a teaching agreement, and then applied for a 5-day program using the Erasmus+ application on Adult Education. After the approval, our group of six teachers performed a series of short preparation seminars (terminology, presentations, code of conduct etc), and at the appointed time we visited the country of Malta for the seminar which was to be held at Buggiba by MacDAK Engineering Consultancy Bureau (MECB) Ltd.
Our E+ Partner, MECB has performed admirably, using highly skilled professors in order to guide us through the use of the software and the linked applications, as well as providing useful information on teaching techniques and Lifelong Learning Center Management relevant to AR.
Upon our return, the participants were tasked with creating sample software to use in our experiment. The resulting short test-presentations were then used with groups of volunteers participating in some of our other seminars at the time (various Skills Training programs for the unemployed). The “students” then answered questionnaires to grade their experience, and all answers were positive. Our teachers on the other hand, delivered short reports of their experience in using a token of AR in the classroom. Via study of the total answers of the questionnaires, the resulting conclusions are thus:
Following the results of this experiment, we moved on to asking our associates in different cities to mimic the test. Following a short on-line explanatory seminar for the teachers, they performed the task and came up with the same results as we did, enhancing our resolve for the next step.
We firmly believe that this technology has every bit of a right to be in the classroom, not only on Adult Education but in the teaching system as a whole. We now are set to start a Key Action 2 proposal towards this goal, and probably apply within 2018, and as described in this project, this was our ultimate goal from the start.
We collaborated with E-SCHOOL as their receiving Partner. They followed our agreement to the letter, and were cooperative with our suggestions, always open to a discussion.
The experience of this procedure has provided us with very useful insight on the A.R. tech. As a partner, MECB has performed admirably both in conducting their end of the deal, well and beyond our expectations. We would be honored to work with MECB again in the future.
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