MAVR Presence at ACTC2017

MAVR team had three demos at the Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2017 (ACTC2017) in Kobe, Japan.

MAVR at ACTC2017

  1. MAVR (Mixed Augmented Virtual Realities): The Future or a Fad?
  2. Augmented Reality Design Principles for Informal Learning
  3. Mixed Reality Gaming Session

In our interactive poster presentation and technology-enhanced learning session, Eric, Mehrasa, Erin, and I showcased some Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) applications, such as Aurasma, Blippar, Google Expeditions, and we also introduced a number of resources on the integration of MAVR in English language education; for example, Paul Driver’s learner-generated AR realia. Moreover, we discussed a variety of case uses of AR in informal learning environments (e.g., TEDxKyoto, refer to ARientation Project YouTube channel for more examples).



In our mixed reality gaming session, the audience worked in group to solve a series of puzzles and adventures using virtual (Google Cardboard) and augmented reality (Blippar) technologies in an augmented reality enhanced learning environment. We first introduced Fukuchiyama AR Rally 2017 as one of the case uses, and then the audience went through some of its steps to accomplish the mission.



You can join the MAVR Facebook group to watch a video of MAVR team’s activities at ACTC2017, created by Eric.

Fukuchiyama AR Rally 2017 Vocab Quiz


ARientation (Orientation via Augmented Reality) is the name of a project created and managed by Eric Hawkinson which is meant to make Augmented Reality (AR) accessible to teachers, event organizers, and anyone looking to integrate digital content into real world activities. Fukuchiyama AR Rally is part of ARientation aiming at orienting freshmen at the University of Fukuchiyama to living in the city and adjusting to college life. A series of augmented and virtual reality activities is designed, and the participants visit different locations around the city, such as Fukuchiyama Flood Control Museum, Citizen Plaza, and Fukuchiyama Disaster Prevention Center, to get oriented to the new context and learn English in informal learning environments.

Fukuchiyama AR Rally 2017 was held on Friday, April 7th in collaboration with Mixed, Augmented, and Virtual Realities in Learning (MAVR) SIG.

Eric, Mehrasa, and I created an AR-based Vocab Quiz for the Fukuchiyama Castle location. A game-based approach was adopted by using AR cards. Opportunities for the incidental learning of vocabulary were provided.

The scenario of Fukuchiyama AR Rally 2017 Vocab Quiz is as follows:

  1. Based on an English text about the Fukuchiyama Castle, we selected 10 words falling in B2-C1 levels of the CEFR, and designed a pre and a post vocab quiz.
  2. AR technology (Blippar) was used to create AR-loaded cards to explain the game, expose the students to the information about the Fukuchiyama Castle in English, and provide the definition and pronunciation of the targeted words.
  3. A game was designed by adding some secret codes to the AR cards, which the students would later need to unlock a box. There were mission accomplished signs in the box.
  4. Some photos were taken from the castle to design the game, and the AR cards were placed there one day before the Rally.


  1. In the entrance of the castle, an AR card played the mission briefing.

Castle Mission Briefing:

  1. The students took the pre-quiz.
  2. The students got exposed to the text through watching a video loaded on an AR card. The words were emphasized in bold.

Castle Text Reading:

  1. The students got into the castle, and started exploring the castle to find the 10 AR vocab cards which contained the definition and pronunciation of the words and the secret codes needed to open the box, as said earlier.

Sample AR Vocab Card:


  1. The students took the post-quiz.
  2. The students were shown the last card with the lock cipher to accomplish the mission.
  3. After completing the mission, the students took a group photo.


Fukuchiyama AR Rally 2017 Vocab Quiz was held in four rounds with four groups of ten students each.

Here is a video of the Fukuchiyama Castle AR activity:

Written with Mehrasa