Apply an augmented reality in a mobile guidance to increase sense of place for heritage places

Yu Lien Chang, Huei Tse Hon, Chao Yang Pan, Yao Ting Sung, Kuo En Chang*

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Based on the sense of place theory and the design principles of guidance and interpretation, this study developed an augmented reality mobile guidance system that used a historical geo-context-embedded visiting strategy. This tool for heritage guidance and educational activities enhanced visitor sense of place. This study consisted of 3 visitor groups (i.e., AR-guidance, audio-guidance, and no-guidance) composed of 87 university students. A quasi-experimental design was adopted to evaluate whether augmented reality guidance more effectively promoted sense of place and learning performance than the other groups. The results indicated that visitors who used AR guidance showed significant learning and sense of place effects. Interviews were also employed to determine the possible factors that contribute to the formation of sense of place. Finally, a majority of the visitors who participated in the study demonstrated positive attitudes toward the use of the AR-guidance system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-178
Number of pages13
JournalEducational Technology and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Augmented reality
  • Informal learning
  • Mobile guidance
  • Sense of place

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Engineering


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