Mobile augmented reality interaction: an approach to the phenomenon


  • Javier Fombona Universidade Complutense de Madri
  • Victor Coto Universidade de Oviedo
  • David Caldevilla


Augmented Reality, geolocation, mobile devices, knowledge management, ubiquitous communication


Augmented Reality (AR) and geolocation are new attractive phenomenon, with great potential in the field of communication and knowledge construction. This paper is the result of an interinstitutional effort involving over eighteen hundred Spanish students which aims at contributing to a better understanding of the use of Augmented Reality for mobile learning. Our research focuses, in the first place, on the types of mobile devices used by the younger generations and the way they are being used, with an emphasis on geolocation and AR. We then turn to describing the potential of AR –a technology that combines a display of digital information and a view of the real world as captured by a mobile device– to create engaging learning experiences in field activities. But, prior to launching our students into this new learning scenario, which stretches far beyond the traditional classroom, it is necessary for us to locate AR resources by geoposition or tagging. Later on, those data will become accessible when within a specified range of distance from the tagged object. Alongside the benefits of its informal-formal activity structure, the possibilities for interaction are countless, including the ability to track the position and movements of all learners at any given time. On the downside, however interesting mobile Augmented Reality may result, when it comes to designing an educational activity, we need to cater for all types of mobile devices, not just the ones with a specific operating system and GPS capabilities.


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Biografia do Autor

Javier Fombona, Universidade Complutense de Madri

Doutor em Ciência da Informação pela Universidade Complutense de Madri, Espanha. Professor Titular do Departamento de Ciências da Educação da Universidade de Oviedo, Espanha.

Victor Coto, Universidade de Oviedo

Doutor em Filologia Espanhola pela Universidade de Oviedo, Espanha. Docente pesquisador da Casa de Línguas da Universidade de Oviedo, Espanha.

David Caldevilla

Doutor em Ciência da Informação pela Universidade Complutense de Madri, Espanha. Docente no Mestrado em Novas Tecnologias da Informação e comunicação da Universidade Complutense de Madri, Espanha.




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Fombona, J., Coto, V., & Caldevilla, D. (2015). Mobile augmented reality interaction: an approach to the phenomenon. Informação &Amp; Sociedade, 25(3), 117–129. Recuperado de



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