Use of Augmented Reality in Teaching the Central Dogma of Genetics

McQuilken, S., Smith, J. and Hector, R. (2018) Use of Augmented Reality in Teaching the Central Dogma of Genetics. 11th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 28-29 Mar 2018. (Unpublished)

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The use of augmented reality (AR) in teaching has a number of benefits. In genetics, complex concepts can be difficult to visualise, but AR can be used to bring them to life. It can also enhance understanding by allowing 3D visualisation of objects normally only depicted in 2D textbooks. We developed a prototype AR mobile phone/tablet application (app) and accompanying booklet to teach the central dogma of genetics. The booklet provides explanations and 2D images of the dogma, while the app allows the user to interact with 3D images and animations, and to test their knowledge with a quiz. The app was tested by a group of life science students and staff in an ethics-approved study. The majority of our participants had not used AR before, but 90% found our app easy to use. All participants agreed that the app allows learning by playing and they enjoyed using the app and booklet. A number of participants commented that the app is a useful tool for introducing the topic and that, with further development, it could be rolled out to teach students of different levels about genetics and genetic diseases. In addition, we have contacted several charities and the NHS West of Scotland Genetics Service to gauge how this tool may be used to help public understanding of genetic conditions

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McQuilken, Dr Shona
Authors: McQuilken, S., Smith, J., and Hector, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
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