THE ROLE OF MIXED REALITY IN THE EDUCATION AND PROMOTION OF CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE
University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (BULGARIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 12th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-7 July, 2020
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:Most paradigms for the use of 3D technologies in the teaching and promotion of cultural and historical heritage (CHH) have found that the advantage here is for virtual reality (VR). The purpose of this research is to provide a summarized review of the work on the first stage of the project “Application of mixed reality in the teaching and promotion of cultural and historical heritage (CHH) in a university information environment”, with Contract KP – 06 – OPR 05/14 from 17.12.2018. We briefly present our research of the presence of mixed reality (MR) in this field. Although most research and methods favour VR, we show that the combination of augmented and virtual reality enhances the perception of the ordinary observer.
In particular, here we demonstrate the possibilities of creating mixed reality with different computer programs and their application in learning. We present the results of two surveys conducted among two groups of students. The first group consists of students who are specializing in computer sciences, and the second – those who study cultural and historical heritage. The topic of the research is: are 3D technologies applicable to the education and promotion of CHH. Our results have confirmed that young people are open to these technologies and willing to be involved in new projects related to this topic. In addition, we plan to provide a statistical analysis and forecast of the impact of mixed reality on CHH training, development and promotion.
The study also synthesized the initial steps for the creation of a 3D model of the ancient city of Skaptopara in the region of south-western Bulgaria. Our analysis shows that the created model supports the development of cultural tourism in this region of Bulgaria, where archaeological excavations are ongoing. Another aspect of the development and promotion of CHH is the use of photogrammetry, the creation of a 3D object through photographic images. We have created 3D layouts of real objects that can be published on the Internet and successfully explored. This result is also presented in the paper.
Keywords: Mixed reality, cultural and historical heritage.