News from LFI
Contact us:Leapfrog Initiatives
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
330 Wulling Hall
86 Pleasant Street, SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
At the University of Minnesota
On 05 June 2010 the University of Minnesota’s Leapfrog Institutes initiated an exploration of Augmented Realities (AR) with the help of a number of professionals, including doctoral students, the editor of a major education futures journal, and a number of established education and media professionals.
What is AR?
AR provides immediate visual and aural “overlay” information about objects and situations digitally encountered by individuals in formal, informal, and non-formal learning situations.
AR can provide descriptions and analyses of objects, updated forecasts, immediate language translations, international information, and much, much more.
This means that cameras and other optical devices can can automatically supply information about any object in their fields (e.g., buildings, planets, and individual human beings). Such information may be historical and contemporary, or it can project a variety of alternative futures for targeted objects.
Our exploration began by focusing on the ancient history of AR in the human cultural context (e.g., projections of spirits, gods, forces, etc.), and moved to alternative futures for AR software that is currently embedded in computers, cameras, binoculars, and cell phones.
Our three-hour discussion was energetic, practical, heady, and at times emotional, particularly as we considered the effects AR might have upon contemporary institutions, societies, and teaching/learning systems.
We will provide videos, text, and other results of our work over this summer. We invite your participation in this and later phases of our exciting explorations into augmented realities.
Arthur Harkins, Ph.D., Leapfrog Institutes