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Wednesday, August 12 • 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Using Augmented Reality Based on 360-degree Video to Improve Second Language Learning for International Students

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Augmented Reality(AR) is to augment real-world environment by overlapping the view of real environments with computer-generated media such as 3D virtual objects, videos, or GPS data. As an emerging technology, the application of AR in second language learning has been explored in recent years. Current studies on AR in second language learning mainly focus on the curriculum design. For example, some researchers use AR Glasses or mobile devices to project virtual objects and animation on a printed marker or 2D barcode for learning vocabulary or conversation.

However, those studies and applications fail to employ real-world environments as authentic language context and cultural elements to facilitate students’ language development. The main problem in these studies is that the emerging virtual objects and animation on the marker are irrelevant to the environment around the students, while according to sociocultural learning and situated learning theory, language context along with the culture of target language country are crucial for second language learning.

To bridge this gap, we propose a new learning model and AR technical solution based on 360-degree video and GPS techniques. A case study - Penn State Life, is being conducted to help the new international students of Penn State University get familiar with the scenarios along with the conversations on campus after their arrival. Students can download the App on their mobile devices. When they go to a location on campus where is detectable in GPS, a 360-degree video clip including conversation and subtitles will be activated according to the students’ GPS information. Then they can watch the overlapping-real-environment video on their mobile phones or even on immersive goggles like Google CardBoard to obtain more authentic experience. A follow-up mixed method research will be conducted to examine students’ improvement on second language performance and discover their experience.


Jian Liao

Learning, Design, & Technology, Colleage of Education, Penn State University

Wednesday August 12, 2015 3:00pm - 3:25pm EDT
Holden Chapel Holden Chapel, Harvard Bus Tunnel, Cambridge, MA