Wednesday, March 31
4:35-4:55 PM
Room 7

Developing augmented reality applications: e-learning professional development training for in-service teachers

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  1. Maria Papagianni
    Frederick University Cyprus
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    Nikleia Eteokleous
    Frederick University

Abstract: The implementation of distance teaching and learning has become more popular on nowadays as the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic requires necessary changes to be applied. Although the integration of digital technologies and the use of distance education is considered to contribute positively to the educational process, it is appropriate to reflect the readiness of teachers, the system for the implementation of distance learning, and the incentives that teachers receive for personal and professional development in terms of developing and employing augmented reality applications. The current study investigated the effectiveness of in-service elementary school teachers online professional development training on augmented reality. The in-service teachers were trained on how to design and develop augmented reality applications for their teaching and learning practice. Eleven in-service elementary school teachers participated in this case study. The teachers attended a five week online professional development training. The results of this research showed that teachers find eLearning as beneficial for them but still have challenges to face and barriers to overcome, such as the urgent need for training in distance teaching and learning, as well as, the creation of incentives for personal and professional development in terms of creating and utilizing new technology tools and augmented reality applications.

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