BCM325 Pitch: Using Holography in improving lecture attendance of students studying on different UOW campuses

Thinking about technology as a university student, I often wonder how technology can maximise students’ learning experience to assist people’s studies while still complementing human communication. If the live LOL’s 2018 opening performance initiated my idea of enhancing different campuses students’ lecture attendance with holograms, my imaginary end is the Umbrella holographic meeting in Resident Evil.

In this short video of my Digital Artefact (DA) pitch, I will explain:

  • Why I choose holography
  • What I know about it
  • And how I might build my final video/ presentation

Here is my video. Enjoy and please comment for any feedback!


References

Bird, J 2019, “How robots and holograms are bringing online learning to life”, Financial Times, 5 March, viewed 20 March,
https://www.ft.com/content/4b8a810c-1a88-11e9-b191-175523b59d1d.

Butler, M 2017, “Hologram technology enhances nursing studies at UC”, Canberra University, 27 September, viewed 18 March 2019,
https://www.canberra.edu.au/about-uc/media/newsroom/2017/september/hologram-technology-enhances-nursing-studies-at-uc.

Cowling, M & Moro, C 2019, “Holographic teachers were supposed to be part of our future. What happened?”, The Conversation, 8 January, viewed 20 March,
https://theconversation.com/holographic-teachers-were-supposed-to-be-part-of-our-future-what-happened-108500.

Dwyer, J 2013, Communication for business and the profession: Strategies and skills, 5th edn, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW.

The Difference Between Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality And Mixed Reality 2018, Forbes, 2 February, viewed 17 March 2019,
https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2018/02/02/the-difference-between-virtual-reality-augmented-reality-and-mixed-reality/#55a602622d07.

Hildebrand, J 2017, “These students are learning through holograms”, New York Post, 2 May, viewed 18 March 2019,
https://nypost.com/2017/05/02/students-in-australia-are-learning-through-holograms/.

Kaszubska, G 2017, “World’s thinnest hologram paves path to new 3D world”, RMIT University, 19 May, viewed 18 March 2019,
https://www.rmit.edu.au/news/all-news/2017/may/worlds-thinnest-hologram-new-world.

Lee, H 2013, “3D Holographic Technology and Its Educational Potential”, TechTrends, vol. 57, no. 4, pp. 34-39.

Luévano, E, López, E & Castro, JE 2015, “Use of Telepresence and Holographic Projection Mobile Device for College Degree Level”, Procedia Computer Science, vol. 75, pp. 339-347.

Mickunas, A 2018, “The minds behind K/DA talk K-Pop influence, holographic concerts, and future skins”, Dot Esport, 1 December, viewed 17 March 2019,
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Nadalin, T 2018, “Students predict the future of university education”, Herald Sun, 15 February, viewed 21 March 2019,
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Pepper, A 2017, “Five surprising ways holograms are revolutionising the world”, The Conversation, 24 May, viewed 20 March 2019,
https://theconversation.com/five-surprising-ways-holograms-are-revolutionising-the-world-77886.

Schonfelder, S & Axhausen KW 2010, ‘Time, Space and Travel Analysis: An Overview’, in S Schonfelder & KW Axhausen (eds), Urban Rhythms and Travel Behaviour: Spatial and Temporal Phenomena of Daily Travel, Ashgate Publishing Company, Surrey, p.29-48.

Workman, S 2018, “Mixed Reality: A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Teaching and Learning”, Education Review, 30 July, viewed 17 March 2019,
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Appendixes

List of videos

How to Make a 3D Hologram Video of Yourself… in PowerPoint!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSGDJeI2vEU

(여자)아이들((G)I-DLE) – LoL K/DA ‘POP/STARS’ Project Behind(미연&소연)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b2DjJ5iVgI

POP/STARS – Opening Ceremony Presented by Mastercard | Finals | 2018 World Championship
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9oDlvOV3qs

Resident Evil Extinction office scene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDnJ81pffUc

Turn your Smartphone into a 3D Hologram | 4K
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YWTtCsvgvg&fbclid=IwAR3ccdxVKa5VEmN0uIZGo4xfRJJgirA-O42RF0eYmaSCTkSbQBB4Sng0SCk

Featured Image: https://www.s1t2.com.au/blog/motion/how-to-make-a-hologram

Published by

Trang Bùi

BCM-BINTs | Class of 2021 | UOW

10 thoughts on “BCM325 Pitch: Using Holography in improving lecture attendance of students studying on different UOW campuses”

  1. Hey Trang,
    This is such an interesting concept which I think could be a definite possibility in the future. Just in regard to ease of viewing, I think the background music is a little bit too loud as I found it difficult to understand some of what you were saying and found myself frequently rewinding the audio. The video aspect was attention grabbing and quite creative which I liked, however maybe a few less slides as I wasn’t able to properly read and digest the information before the screen clicked over.

    In telling us why you chose this project, the inclusion of the link in your conceptual statement was good for reference and also highlighted successful interaction between humans and holograms. In saying this, it does make me question whether in the future people will be as interested in holograms if they were to stand alone. Perhaps this could be something you could research into for your beta?

    I like that you have successfully recognised the hole in which you hope to fill, that students watching lectures do not have human interaction with their lecturers. Also the recognition of the importance of non-verbal communication in maintaining attention for lectures is a strong point.

    For your background research, I think looking into lecture attendance would be useful, however I think a branch of this to delve into would be why this is occurring. Perhaps this would be helpful in tailoring the holographic experience in the right way to ensure increased lecture attendance/viewing.
    Your use of survey to allow for feedback is a simple yet effective idea, especially for university students who may not have much time on their hands to contribute in an alternate manner.

    The final inclusion of the umbrella holographic meeting was a bit confusing, and I’m still a bit unsure of the purpose of this. Maybe just a sentence explaining what the audience is meant to be drawing out of this link?

    Finally, I am interested in how this Digital Artefact will address the future. Is it in the long term, medium term, or short term? What future problem is it addressing?

    Overall, it’s such an original idea which I am intrigued to hear more about. Here is another example of the use of a hologram in a successful and captivating way.

    All the best with your project, I am eager to see how it turns out.
    Naomi Nguyen

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  2. Hi Trang,
    I really enjoyed viewing your pitch, I definitely didn’t expect to see anything like this in BCM325 so it was refreshing seeing such an original idea that has obviously had a lot of thought put in. It was also great that the project originated from your personal interests (inspiration from the LOL performance), I think this is really important as a passion project will always succeed more than a project you’re just doing for an assignment.

    To start off, I’ll give a little bit of feedback on your pitch overall before I move onto my feedback for your DA specifically. Your blog itself is setup really nicely, you’ve done a great job of customising it while still keeping it simple, easy to read and overall aesthetic. It was awesome to see Powtoon being used to create your visual element of the pitch, again this is something refreshing to see and isn’t done often. I recommend that the volume of your background music is reduced for next time as it was overpowering your voice at times. I’m not sure how you went about recording your audio and layering it with the music, but a free program that can be helpful with altering volume between different audio tracks is Audacity: https://www.audacityteam.org/

    I also think your pitch would benefit from splitting sections into their own individual slides. For example, the part that begins at 0:30 seconds has a lot going on in the one slide and I started to get lost trying to keep up with the written information while also listening to what you were saying. I think the part beginning at 1:35 is a great example of how you can split the written information up into concise, easy to follow segments. Finally, I would add in a section that specifically covers the social utility of your DA, since you’ve explained the concept and methodology so well. I understand the 2 minute time restraint is difficult but maybe you could look into this for the project beta. It could be interesting to look at more than just university students for your social utility, maybe consider other stakeholders such as professors and the university itself, and analyse how your DA will benefit them.

    Regarding your specific DA idea, issues surrounding lecture attendance is something that many university institutions and its students have to face. I gathered from your blog title and pitch video that the main area of lecture attendance you are going to cover is students from other campuses, are you also going to explore other factors of lecture attendance such as students who commute from far away, and students who prefer to access lectures digitally?

    Having students appear via hologram in a lecture immediately made me think of the hologram concept regularly used in Star Wars. After conducting some research, I found that many of the developments around holograms for the near future (next 5 years) are linking back to sci-fi media such as Star Wars, which is cool. A lot of the resources that I found state that 5G mobile technology could see hologram phone calling introduced, which could be early steps towards a more advanced form of holograms that could be used in university lectures. Here is an example of one of these resources, but there are many more that are similar to it: https://www.hindustantimes.com/tech/5g-to-help-star-wars-like-hologram-calls-become-a-reality-soon/story-v3bBQUsJ6tABNdXM6sG3nI.html

    I think it’s great that you’re going to be using surveys to collect info from UOW students directly. I recommend asking what their opinion is on current technologies that are used to enhance lecture attendance, such as online recordings. This could work well into getting them thinking about future technologies that could be just as beneficial.

    I’m looking forward to seeing this project develop further, cheers!

    – Alex

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  3. Hi Trang,

    I’m sorry for the late comment, but this is such an interesting pitch! I loved the visuals and the video itself was very engaging to watch. However, I feel that for your next video you should lower the volume of the background music as it makes it difficult to hear what you’re saying, and the spoken audio was not the greatest quality to begin with which detracts from the wonderful ideas you have.

    Holography is a concept seen frequently in science fiction films depicting the near future – looking at films like Star Wars, Blade Runner and even Kingsman (as another example of a great office scene like Resident Evil). I think your project fits right into the future of universities and pedagogy, and is a great choice for this project.

    I love the idea of a real-time hologram lecturer teaching in multiple campuses at once, and your concept is well-realised and well-researched. Have you considered looking into the application of holography for students who watch lectures online? For many students, the greatest difficulty regarding uni is travelling into a physical lecture hall and many classes such as our own BCM325 utilise video lectures. As a suggestion I might recommend that you utilise Twitter or another platform for feedback (as it seems that you’re only gathering feedback through the survey and beta responses).

    Interestingly it seems that the first ‘holographic lecture’ was developed recently – in November last year! Here’s a link to an article that talks about it more: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/students-to-attend-hologram-lectures-55rn6kp37
    Plus a video that shows the technology in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziIoUfzsk_Q

    Best of luck! x

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