Augmented Reality (AR) as a New Educational Medium for Children: Using Road Safety Content

Authors

  • Mar’iyah Sofia Shahrir Advanced Interaction Technology Research Group (AdViT) Faculty of Information & Communication Technology Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka Author
  • Muhammad Helmy Emran Advanced Interaction Technology Research Group (AdViT) Faculty of Information & Communication Technology Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka Author

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.53840/myjict8-2-101

Keywords:

Augmented Reality, Traffic Accident, Children

Abstract

Road accidents, often involving one or more vehicles, can result in property damage, injuries, or even fatalities. These incidents can occur due to a range of factors, including human errors, adverse weather conditions, or mechanical failures, despite precautions taken by road users. Consequently, early education on road safety is crucial, especially for children. This research focuses on assessing children's knowledge of road accidents in Malaysia and evaluating the impact of augmented reality (AR) experiences on their understanding. To support this project, we developed an AR application using the Pendidikan Keselamatan Jalan Raya (PKJR) Year 2 Guidebook as a medium for students to learn about road safety. Selected pages in the book serve as markers, enabling students to engage with AR content while using the book. The study aims to determine the effectiveness of the AR application as an educational tool for children. A group of school children participated in testing this AR application, and their experiences were assessed using an adapted Game Experience Questionnaire (GEQ) model. The results indicate that after using the AR application, the group of 8-year-old children exhibited improved awareness of the road environment. This paper also explores the emotional aspects of participant experiences as emphasized by the GEQ. These findings highlight the potential of AR as an innovative tool for educating children about road safety, challenging traditional approaches, and promoting safer road behaviors among young individuals. Furthermore, this project aligns with the strategies outlined in the Malaysian Road Safety Plan 2020-2030, particularly in reducing risks to pedestrians. In a broader context, this study contributes to the evolving landscape of technology-driven safety initiatives, underscoring the importance of adapting contemporary educational mediums to address complex societal issues like road accidents. In conclusion, we discuss the potential for future studies involving road safety education and interactive technology.

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09-07-2024

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Augmented Reality (AR) as a New Educational Medium for Children: Using Road Safety Content. (2024). Malaysian Journal of Information and Communication Technology (MyJICT), 8(2), 112-122. https://doi.org/10.53840/myjict8-2-101