TEL me more about…Aurasma

At the last TEL me more session in January a number of people were interested in the augmented reality app Aurasma. This was featured at the TEL Christmas Market in December and people were interested in how this could potentially be used for teaching and learning. So what is Aurasma?

Aurasma creates an augmented reality where the real world is enhanced digitally. It uses a real-world element, such as a poster or image, to trigger the display of digital content e.g. video, image, 3D graphics and links to online documents or services. It combines the use of an online website and the mobile app to create and then deliver the interaction.

The below video provides you with an idea of how this might look. Although the examples within the video utilise mostly video content, Aurasma provides many options as to the types of digital content it can link to.

So how could this be used in learning and teaching?

There are many ways this technology could be used to support learning and teaching and here are just a few ideas.

  • Students augment their physical posters to trigger video or audio of them discussing its contents.
  • Triggers placed around the classroom/lecture theatre link to short videos which prompt discussion within the group. This could even link to content within the Box of Broadcast service available at the university.
  • Students use the app during induction to discover key information related to their studies hidden around campus.
  • Triggers next to specialist equipment link to a video on how this should be used for specific tasks.
  • Whilst getting students to complete a group task use a trigger to link to an online resource such as a Padlet wall for them to record their notes.

A blog post alone can not really fully explain what Aurasma is capable of and how this can potentially enhance the students experience. If you would like a demonstration of Aurasma and to discuss how you could potentially use this with your students then please contact us at or ext. 1865.

TEL me more – January 2016

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Image from: Brandon Warren shared under CC BY-NC 2.0

The first TEL me more event of the new year took place on the 6th January where we discussed the use of an interactive quiz tool called Socrative (previously covered in other TEL me more sessions for November and May), Box of Broadcasts to provide students with access to free to air television programmes and Aurasma an augmented reality tool to provide links to learning content and activities within physical spaces.

One of the challenges discussed during the session was how to encourage engagement during large group teaching sessions. One of the suggestions was to use a tool like Socrative and Maggie Gale, from the College of Life and Natural Science, talked about how she has used this tool to engage students on the subject of moral reasoning. Starting by providing them with a scenario to consider, a multiple choice question is then posed from which they can then choose, the answer is then debated within the session. Maggie also provided some tips like asking students before the session to bring along a mobile device so they can interact with session content (this can be done in Course Resources Announcements), have two screen available for you to view, so one can display the presentation slides and the other responses from Socrative and finally check the room in which you are presenting before the session to see what equipment and connections are available for connecting additional devices like tablets and laptops.

Another approach was also discussed called ‘Think, pair, share’ where students are given a question which they answer, they then work in a pair to discuss which answer they consider to be correct and why and then students are asked to re-vote on the original question to see if their response has changed. It is at this point that the academic then reveals the correct answer and explains why this is. This could be done using Socrative but could also work with just using post-it notes where the student chooses a post-it colour based on their answer and sticks this to their forehead, allowing others to talk to someone who chose a different answer from the one the chose.

Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

The potential use of Box of Broadcasts was also discussed with Debbie Alston, College of Life and Natural Sciences, talking about how she has used this to provide students with access to programmes which discuss climate change including the film ‘An inconvenient truth’ and programmes with David Attenborough. Links to these resources have been provided in Course Resources. Box of Broadcast has also come in useful during live sessions with clips from programmes being provided during sessions of a maximum of 15 minutes duration. An article was mentioned which provides details about how video can affect student engagement with the shorter videos proving to be more engaging.

Suggestions for learning activities for using BoB included:

  • Students searching for relevant programmes outside of sessions and bringing this back to discuss or posting these to discussion boards within Course Resources.
  • Add a link to a relevant clip or programme within an announcement in Blackboard and then discuss this clip within a face-to-face session. to send out.
  • Create a playlist of programmes and then share this with students as a resource for the module (this could include clips as well as full length programme.

Useful features of the tool identified within the TEL me more session included:

  • The ability to search the transcript which then highlights the use of a word within the recording so you can navigate to this.
  • You can add up to 10 clips from one programme and this then creates one clip. You can then create up to 5 clips a day.
  • BoB also provides reference information for programmes and this can then be adapted into the required format by the student.


Aurasma was also discussed, as the academic staff who attended had seen this demonstrated at the TEL Christmas Market and felt there was lots of potential to use this tool with their students. In particular how this could link to video which can provide additional help with a learning resource. Some ideas for use included:

  • Embed triggers within a journal article to link out to video which helps to support the analysis of the resource.
  • Interactive posters where Aurasma triggers the students talking about the poster content or links to related video such as videos of a fashion show.
  • Using a door sign on an academic office door to trigger a video talking about the areas of interest they have for research to help students choose their dissertation supervisor.
  • Triggers on laboratory equipment which to help remind them how to use this when they actually use them.
  • Provide different triggers to students so they see different resources and then get them to share their opinion about the different resources in pairs or groups.
  • Link to BoB resources to show relevant video clips to students.

Other tips

  • Add the trigger into Course Resources
  • If using video the students prefer to see the informal you rather than a polished well rehearsed video which does not seem real.

Hopefully you have found this post interesting and don’t forget to come to the next TEL me more event on Wednesday 3rd February 12:00-13:00.