While we are in the midst of a renaissance of interest in augmented reality (AR), there remain a small number of application domains that have seen significant development. One domain that often benefits from additional visualization capabilities is education, specifically physics and other sciences. This paper summarizes interviews with secondary school educators about their experience with AR and their most desired features. Three prototypes were created which were used to collect usability information from students and educators about their preferences for AR applications in their physics courses. Additionally, we introduce the concept of Environmental Integration, a novel method of defining mixed reality applications based on three properties: Visualization, Input Fidelity, and Spatial Understanding. Several examples are presented to illustrate different levels of environmental integration. The results of the studies conducted point towards interesting areas for further exploration for AR content creation for physics education.
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Laviola II, Joseph
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Pittman, Corey, "Evaluating Augmented Reality Tools for Physics Education" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 962.