A2 (squared): The Augmented Reality Amazing Race


Cindy Plunkett, Manager eLearning and Education Technology
Baycrest Health Sciences

Cindy is currently the Project Manager, eLearning and Educational Technologies at Baycrest Health Sciences & the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, the eACH Conference Executive Director of Finance, lecturer in the Graduate Studies Programs with Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and sessional lecturer in the Faculty of Education and UOIT.

With over 15 years experience in online instructional design, development, and project management at three of the largest academic teaching hospitals in Canada, Cindy has a Masters in Educational Technologies from UBC and is currently pursing her Ph.D. in Education specializing in Online Learning. In addition Ms. Plunkett has experience speaking and facilitating at both national and international conferences.

Session Description:

Welcome to A2, the Augmented Reality Amazing Race. New employee teams of 2 travel across the Baycrest campuses to discover our hidden treasures and learn more about the amazing organization where they work! At every destination, each team must find the AR Easter egg and solve a riddle to learn their next location. Doesn’t this sound like a lot more fun than a group of 15 people following one of our HR leaders around the organization like ducklings? Organizational Effectiveness came to us with a problem, they wanted to revamp new employee orientation and create some fun and excitement in the first days at Baycrest. After seeing what a Dublin hospital had done with the free version of Aurasma, an idea was immediately sparked! We would leverage the Aurasma tool and app to “Turn everyday objects, images, and places into new opportunities for engagement through striking augmented reality experiences”!

In this session you will learn:

  • what is AR?
  • how might I practically use AR in my organization
  • an overview of Aurasma,
  • an AR tool that has a free option
  • a quick how-to on using Aurasma to create a solution

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Technology Discussed:

Aurasma App